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Windrush Doors & Windows Guide to Door Maintenance

June 5, 2024 Steve Sherbourne

Your front door is more than just an entryway; it’s the first impression guests have of your home and the first line of defence against intruders. Maintaining your doors is essential to ensure they remain functional, secure, and visually appealing. At Windrush Doors and Windows, we believe that a little upkeep goes a long way in preserving the beauty and durability of your doors. Here’s a straightforward guide to door maintenance.

1. Regular Cleaning

Over time, doors accumulate dirt, grime, and fingerprints. Regular cleaning not only keeps your door looking fresh but also prevents damage to the finish. Use a mild soap and water solution to wipe down wooden doors, and a glass cleaner for any glass inserts. For metal doors, a gentle cleanser works best. Avoid harsh chemicals that could damage the door’s surface.

2. Inspect for Damage

Regularly check your doors for signs of wear and tear. Look for cracks in wooden doors, rust on metal doors, and any damage to glass panels. Addressing these issues early can prevent them from becoming more significant problems. At Windrush, we offer a range of repair services to ensure your doors remain in top condition.

3. Lubricate Hinges and Locks

Squeaky hinges and stiff locks are not only annoying but can also signal potential problems. Lubricate hinges with a silicone spray or a few drops of oil to keep them operating smoothly. For locks, use a graphite lubricant to ensure they function properly without attracting dirt and grime.

4. Check Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping around your door helps keep your home insulated and reduces energy costs. Over time, weatherstripping can become worn or damaged, leading to draughts and energy loss. Inspect the weatherstripping regularly and replace it if necessary. This simple step can make a big difference in maintaining your home’s comfort.

5. Repaint or Refinish

If your door’s paint is peeling or the finish is wearing off, it might be time for a fresh coat. Sand down any rough areas and apply a primer before repainting or refinishing. This not only enhances your door’s appearance but also provides a protective layer against the elements.

6. Adjust Door Alignment

Doors that stick or don’t close properly can be a security risk and an inconvenience. Check the alignment of your door and adjust the hinges if needed. Sometimes, simply tightening the screws can solve the problem. If the issue persists, it might be worth giving us a call to help you keep your doors in their best condition.

7. Security Upgrades

Regular maintenance is also an excellent time to consider upgrading your door’s security features. Installing a high-quality deadbolt, a peephole, or a smart lock can enhance your home’s security.

8. Seasonal Maintenance

Different seasons bring different challenges. In winter, check for draughts and ensure the door is properly insulated. In summer, watch for swelling in wooden doors due to humidity. Adjust your maintenance routine to address seasonal issues promptly.

Taking the time to maintain your doors can save you money on repairs, enhance your home’s security, and keep your entryway looking its best. At Windrush Doors and Windows, we’re here to help with all your door maintenance needs, from repairs to security upgrades. 

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your doors remain in excellent condition for years to come. Remember, a well-maintained door is a key component of a well-maintained home.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you keep your home safe, stylish, and welcoming.

This June Windrush installed 39 Pvcu windows to our student accommodation block at Rewley Abbey Court. The work required them to install the windows while residents were in occupation, some with young children. Windrush carried out a full risk and method statement and appraisal to carry out the works in a safe manner with multi-occupation to consider. Full scaffolding and access booms were used with everything being alarmed and fenced off with appropriate signage in place. The Windrush team involved had all the necessary accreditation holding CSCS cards, asbestos awareness trained, CRB checked etc. The windows were as per our requested specification with Windrush being the most competitive out of the competition. The College are very pleased with all aspects of the work carried out and will be using Windrush on our future projects.

Steve Williams, Buildings and Estates

Green Templeton College, Oxford

Windrush have installed new pvcu patio doors in the residents homes on site. The window installers being friendly and polite and having a nice demeanour and getting on well with the residents. The work was carried out in a professional manor with their work being clean and tidy all with an insurance baked guarantee. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to others.

Alex Jordan, Site Manager

Swinbrook Court, Langdale Gate, retirement and sheltered housing, Witney, Oxon

I would just like to say that I was very impressed by the two young men who came to do the windows yesterday, they were very efficient, had impeccable manners and they cleared up after themselves which was a joy.

Windrush serviced two Velux windows and re-glazed with new sealed units, re-glazed a bedroom window with three sealed units, and re-glazed a conservatory upgrading sealed units to “Low E Argon” gas and thermal bar

Emma Sadler

Yew Tree Farm, Abingdon Road

During the School holidays the Windrush team carried out window adaption works for the School. Windrush installed remote window winding equipment to our high level windows that have been a health and safety issue with pupils and staff standing on chairs to open. I can recommend Windrush for their professional approach, competitive pricing and ability to accommodate our requirements during a busy time with many other trades on site. They were willing to change their work schedule to accommodate changing circumstances on site.

Neil Baker, Estates Manager

St Helen & St Katherine School, Abingdon, Oxon

Windrush recently attended our Academy and replaced damaged window hinges and handles with great success. The Windrush Team who carried the work out were very professional with the work being carried out during normal School hours. The Health and Safety aspect being covered with the adoption of measures from their risk assessment and method statement being carried out.

Steve Bryan, Estates Team

The Oxford Academy, Sandy Lane, Oxford

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Steve Sherbourne, Managing Director

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