Caring for your timber
windows and doors.

Don’t forget; Your new windows and doors are made from high quality Hardwood – Please take Care of them.

Timber windows and doors need to be cared for and maintained on a regular basis to ensure they look and function perfectly for years to come.

After Delivery:

  • Doors should be stored laying flat on level ground, in a dry, cool area not in direct sun.
  • Lay doors flat on timber bearers at 600mm spacings for support.
  • Window/door frames should be stored laying flat on even ground or upright on sills and secured so they dont fall.
  • Store safely in a dry, cool area not in direct sun.
  • Do not allow water to pool on frames.
  • If necessary, report any damaged or missing product in writing within 24 hours of delivery.

Painting/Sealing:

  • Sashes & doors must be sealed on all 6 faces with a quality primer/sealer/undercoat within 2-3 days of delivery to prevent environmental damage.
  • Remove all weather seals and hardware prior to painting, re-fit once painting is finished.
  • Do not paint weather seals. This will cause windows to stick and operate poorly.
  • Do not paint moving parts eg: rollers, winders, ropes, ausjambs, spiral balances, etc.
  • We do not recommend dark colour paint or stain on external faces of windows and doors. Use of light reflective, semi-gloss finishes are recommended and applied per coating manufacturers specification.
  • We do not recommend clear coatings or stains on external faces of windows and doors, especially on elevations exposed to the elements.
  • Inspect your coating every three to six months and touch-up or re-coat where necessary, including top and bottom of sashes & doors to prevent damage from weather.

Primed Windows and Doors:

  • Aspect Windows use a high quality industrial water based primer.
  • Our primer is manufactured by DULUX and has been used on timber windows for many years with great success.
  • If you have ordered your windows to include optional priming, please take note of the following comments.
  • Primer is a temporary coating, do not leave primed windows in direct weather for more than 2 weeks, primer will break down.
  • Your primed windows will need to be sanded and prepped before painting to achieve best results.
  • contact your local paint shop or master painter for advice on reputable top coating products/systems.

Installation:

  • Fit appropriate flashing system to window/door frames as required.
  • It is the builder’s responsibility to adequately flash frames to suit specific weather conditions and site conditions.
  • Frames must be packed plumb, square and not twisted between the openings.
  • Ensure window & door sills are fully supported.
  • Sills on all windows and doors must be straight and level.
  • Sills on door units must be packed and secured to prevent bowing, twisting or springing.
  • Top Hung Sliding doors/windows must be screwed through top tracks and into lintel above at every 600mm to prevent sagging and poor operation.
  • Bifold doors/windows must be screwed through top tracks and into lintel above at every 600mm to prevent sagging and poor operation.
  • Protect door sills from damage with ply or ramps.
  • Do not roll sliding door panels on concrete/paved surfaces this will damage rollers.

AWGA Window Installation Guide

For further information about installation of your windows and doors, click the link above.

 

Care & Maintenance:

  • When cleaning windows & doors, Avoid using a hose or pressure washer on Timber and glass, especially around timber joins.
  • Wipe away dust and grime from moving parts with damp cloth.
  • Inspect your paint/coating every three to six months and touch-up or re-coat where necessary, including top and bottom of sashes & doors to prevent damage from weather.
  • Windows and doors may need adjustment beyond factory settings once building has settled.
  • Sliding door rollers can be adjusted by home owner if need be with a Philips head screwdriver. (ensure weight is taken off roller assembly when adjusting rollers)
  • Keep sliding door tracks, guides and rollers free of dirt/sand leaves etc. seep or vacuum regularly.
  • Use silicone based lubricant on tracks and guides to maintain smooth operation.

Glass Cleaning

  • Avoid using razor blades to clean glass.
  • Use warm water with a small amount of detergent on a microfibre cloth. Rinse with clean water and dry with Microfibre cloth.
  • Take extra care cleaning LOW-E Glass or any performance coated Glass. Do not use Razor Blades or any metal on this glass you will damage the coating.
  • Remove any concrete/mortar immediately to prevent scratching glass.