Thank you for choosing McLeod Windows and Doors for your home. We are a quality window and door manufacturer whose products are produced to meet the stringent requirements of CSA® and Energy Star®. From Searing Summer Heat to Glacier Cold Winters, our windows and doors are built to withstand Canada\’s harshest weather while keeping you comfortable in your home. Keeping your windows in original condition and performance requires simple but necessary maintenance efforts. Please familiarize yourself with the following periodic inspections, cleaning and maintenance to prevent costly repairs that will ensure the full effectiveness of your Warranty.
The Following items should be done Annually
The Following should be done every 2-5 years
When cleaning the exterior of your windows, do not use High Pressure water spray in direct contact with the window or door. The pressure and volume exceeds the normal ability for the window or door to shed water and will result in either damaged product or water infiltration in your home. Use of High Pressure water spray can VOID YOUR WARRANTY
Do not use Cleaners containing aggressive organic solvents because they could affect the surface appearance of the vinyl. Examples of such cleaners are:
Apply mild soap or vinegar based cleaner to the glass being sure not to over saturate the glass surface. Be sure to read all directions and precautions when using manufactured cleaners. Wipe the surface of the glass in a circular motion applying light to moderate pressure. Using a lint free cloth, wipe dry the glass surface. If streaking appears, rinse surface with clean water and repeat.
Do not use harsh abrasives steel wool or solvents on any part of the glass or frame. Do not wash windows in direct sunlight as soaps and cleaners may leave a hard to remove residue.
To ensure long life and smooth operation of your window\’s ability to open and close smoothly, annual cleaning and lubrication is required.
Insect screens are not intended to prevent or restrain children and pets from exiting. Never leave a child or pet unattended near an open window or door.[/error]
There should be sufficient pressure on the weather strip to have to push the door slab with some force. This will ensure proper compression against the weather-stripping.
Insect screens are not intended to prevent or restrain children and pets from exiting. Never leave a child or pet unattended near an open window or door.
Do not paint or stain hardware or weather-stripping.
It is not recommended to paint doors in black or dark colors due to the possibility of warping due to excessive heat absorption. This can also occur for doors behind storm doors. Possibility of thermal Bowing or deformity and is not covered by the warranty.
It is not recommended to paint door lite insert frames in black or dark colors due to the possibility of warping due to excessive heat absorption. This can also occur for doors behind storm doors. Possibility of thermal Bowing or deformity and is not covered by the warranty.
Architectural glass products play a major role in the comfort of living and working environment of today\’s homes and commercial office spaces. By providing natural daylight, views of the surroundings, thermal comfort and design aesthetics, glass usage and condition often affect our selection of where we live, work, shop, play and seek education.
Architectural glass products must be properly cleaned during construction activities and as a part of routine maintenance in order to maintain visual and aesthetic clarity. Since glass products can be permanently damaged if improperly cleaned, glass producers and fabricators recommend strict compliance with the following procedures for properly cleaning glass surfaces.
As dirt and residue appear, interior and exterior glass surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned. Concrete or mortar slurry which runs down (or is splashed on) glass can be especially damaging and should be washed off as soon as possible. Before proceeding with cleaning, determine whether the glass is clear, tinted or reflective. Surface damage is more noticeable on reflective glass as compared with the other glass products. If the reflective surface is exposed, either on the exterior or interior, special care must be taken when cleaning, as scratches to the reflective glass surface can result in coating removal and a visible change in light transmittance. Cleaning tinted and reflective glass surfaces in direct sunlight should be avoided, as the surface temperature may be excessively hot for optimum cleaning. Cleaning should begin at the top of the building and continue to the lower levels to reduce the risk of leaving residue and cleaning solutions on glass at the lower levels. Cleaning procedures should also ensure that the wind is not blowing the cleaning solution and residue onto already cleaned glass.
Cleaning during construction activities should begin with soaking the glass surfaces with clean water and soap solution to loosen dirt or debris. Using a mild, non-abrasive commercial window washing solution, uniformly apply the solution to the glass surfaces with a brush, strip washer or other non-abrasive applicator. Immediately following the application of the cleaning solution, a squeegee should be used to remove all of the cleaning solution from the glass surface. Care should be taken to ensure that no metal parts of the cleaning equipment touch the glass surface and that no abrasive particles are trapped between the glass and the cleaning materials. All water and cleaning solution residue should be dried from window gaskets, sealants and frames to avoid the potential for deterioration of these materials as the result of the cleaning process.
It is strongly recommended that window washers clean a small area or one window, then stop and examine the surface for any damage to the glass and/or reflective coating. The ability to detect certain surface damage, i.e. light scratches, may vary greatly with the lighting conditions. Direct sunlight is needed to properly evaluate a glass surface for damage. Scratches that are not easily seen with a dark or gray sky may be very noticeable when the sun is at a certain angle in the sky or when the sun is low in the sky.
The glass industry takes extreme care to avoid glass scratches by protecting all glass surfaces during glass manufacturing and fabrication, as well as during all shipping and handling required to deliver the glass to the end user. A large percentage of damaged glass results from non-glass trades working near glass. This will include painters, spacklers, ironworkers, landscapers, carpenters and others who are part of the construction process. They may inadvertently lean tools against the glass, splash materials onto the glass and/or clean the glass incorrectly, any of which can permanently damage glass.
One of the common mistakes made by non-glass trades people, including glass cleaning contractors, is their use of razor blades or other scrappers on a large portion of the glass surface. Using 2, 3, 4, 5 inch and larger blades to scrape a window clean carries a large probability for causing irreparable damage to glass.
The entire industry of glass manufacturers, fabricators, distributors, and installers neither condones nor recommends widespread scraping of glass surfaces with metal blades or knifes. Such scraping will often permanently damage or scratch the glass surfaces. When paint or other construction materials cannot be removed with normal cleaning procedures, a new 1″ razor blade may need to be used only on non-coated glass surfaces. The razor blade should be used on small spots only. Scraping should be done in one direction only. Never scrape in a back and forth motion as this could trap particles under the blade that could scratch the glass. This practice may cause hairline concentrated scratches, which are not normally visible when looking through the glass, but may be visible under certain lighting conditions.
Jobsite storage and construction conditions can lead to stains on the glass surface. Cleaning and removal of such stains may require the use of a more aggressive cleaning solution and procedure. If conditions are found that cannot be cleaned using the above procedures, contact the glass supplier for guidelines on stain removal.
Members of the Glass Association of North America (GANA) publish information relating to jobsite protection and cleaning of architectural glass products. In order to ensure long-term performance of the glass in a building, GANA encourages glazing contractors, general contractors, building management and owners to be aware of conditions that can damage glass and to follow the handling and cleaning guidelines provided by their glass producer and fabricator.
Consult the GANA website (www.glasswebsite.com) for additional information on glass and glazing applications and links to members providing additional technical resources.
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has produced this Glass Information Bulletin solely to provide general information as to basic proper procedures for cleaning architectural glass products. The Bulletin does not purport to state that any one particular type of glass cleaning process or procedure should be used in all applications or even in any specific application. The user of this Bulletin has the responsibility to ensure the cleaning instructions from the glass supplier are followed. GANA disclaims any responsibility for any specific results relating to the use of this Bulletin, for any errors or omissions contained in the Bulletin, and for any liability for loss or damage of any kind arising out of the use of this Bulletin.
The following “Do’s” and “Do Not’s” are offered as a supplement to the Glass Association of North
America (GANA) Glass Informational Bulletin – Proper Procedures for Cleaning Architectural Glass Products: