How To Repair Steel Windows, Your Way

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Steel windows are the epitome of fashion, durability, and long-term commitment when it comes to your available options. Knowing that, perhaps it’s no surprise that repairing them is equally top-quality– doing so is both more important and more detail-oriented than cheaper window replacements out there.

If you’re looking to repair your steel windows, you must first decide whether you need to fully replace them or repair them. If you find that the foundation of the window is still completely intact and a full repair or replacement is unnecessary, then maybe just the glass or the locking mechanism needs work– in cases like these, most manufacturers offer sash repair kits. The sash serves as “the movable panel that forms the window frame,” which can make it easy for you to repair steel window frames without needing to replace the whole window– which can be pretty pricey!

Take a look below at a few materials that might come in handy when you’re fixing up a steel window:

What You Need to Repair Steel Windows

  • A utility knife
  • Silicone caulk
  • Replacement glass
  • A screwdriver
  • A tape measure
  • A pair of work gloves
  • Masking tape
  • A towel
  • A hammer

Once you have these tools in tow, take a look at the next step:

How to Fix Your Steel Windows

First of all, you must first measure your glass– and be precise with your measurements! Next, remove the glass panel and the sash from the window frame. If you have cracked glass, use your measuring tape to seal it up, cover it with a towel, and smash it completely with the hammer! That was fun, right boys?

Window glass in metal frames is held by clips, which you should then remove and hold onto so you can put in new glass with them.

Next, take out the old caulking, “run a bead of caulk” around the frame, and slide in your new glass. Then insert the clips and close it up using a screwdriver. The caulk should always be between the glass and the frame.

When the caulk is completely dry about a full day later, your mission is complete– say hello to your fully fixed-up steel window! Knowing how to do all this with your windows means you can take pride in knowing how to accomplish true steel maintenance!

 

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Why Cleaning Your Steel Windows Is Well Worth The Rub

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When it comes to the superiority of steel windows, it extends to the simplicity with which they’re cleaned, too. In truth, steel windows’ easily-maintainable materials and styles make them easy to wash down and clean up! You can clean your steel windows quickly by following the three easy steps below:

  1. Spray a glass cleaner “onto each pane of glass” starting from the top and working down to the bottom. First, wipe down the outside of each window. Next, take care of the inside of each pane so the window is covered in cleaner.

  2. Wipe the glass cleaner away using a lint-free rag, and scrub it “in a circular motion.” This time, instead of starting at the top or bottom, start in the center: scrub the middle of the window pane first before working your way out to all four sides of the window. You can avoid streak marks by remembering to get all the glass cleaner off the window after you’ve applied it.

  3. Finally, if you’ve got an especially dirty window, you might have to go with a flat razor knife to graze off stubborn residue and grime. Remember to angle the blade and scrape tenderly so you don’t accidentally scratch the glass or otherwise-damage the window frame.

Now that you know the simple basics of cleaning your steel windows, take a look at what makes cleaning them the right way extra important:

Steel Windows Require Extra Care

Most steel windows come with “a baked-on finish”– but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t remember to wash the exterior frames every once in awhile with some soap and water. If your windows are well-past new and have some rust or corrosion spots, switch your attention to fine steel wool as well. This will gently clean off the window frame’s surfaces so it can look as new as the day you bought it! Window manufacturers usually have touch-up paint on hand, but even in the rare case that you can’t find any, you can always just use exterior grade paint often used on metal surfaces.

Cleaning your steel windows the right way is crucial to making sure they stay looking their best for the long haul, while inspecting them for damage every once in awhile can do even more wonders for their continued maintenance! By following these simple cleaning tips and understanding your steel windows better, you can rest assured knowing you’ve set your windows up for “years of trouble-free performance!”

 

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