Aluminum window frames have gained popularity for all valid reasons. They are durable, easy-to maintain and energy efficient. Moreover, they can be made to look attractive with a quality plastic paint. Painting aluminum frames is not difficult; all you need to learn are some good preparations and tips to execute the process carefully for the most desired results.
To begin, take a note of the things that you would require:
• Tapes and plastic films to protect the adjacent surfaces.
• Cleaning accessories like soaps (salt-free), solvent cleaner, chemical metal cleaner, clean clothes, scourer, sandpaper, stain removing lubricants, toothbrush and warm water.
• Metal primer, high-grade plastic paint and paintbrush.
What Makes Aluminum So Popular?
- Because of its strength, aluminum is an ideal choice in buildings or homes calling for large windows. In fact, it’s entirely possible to build a structure that appears to be made almost entirely of glass.
- Aluminum sliding windows are incredibly versatile, thanks to a good strength to weight ratio.
- These windows resist splitting, shrinking, swelling, cracking, and rust.
- Aluminum controls noise better than most window types.
- Aluminum is economical both in terms of up-front costs and ongoing maintenance.
Aluminum windows, including storm windows, are lightweight alternatives to heavier window materials. However, like all windows, aluminum windows can develop problems over time. If the windows are not adequately maintained, it may become more difficult to slide the panes. If you have aluminum windows that meet with resistance when moving the panes, there are steps you can take to make them slide more freely once again.
How to make Aluminium slide
Brush and clean the windows. Start by removing any dirt or debris around the windows, in the frame and in any tracks or channels. You can use a vacuum, brush or a damp cloth depending on the amount of dirt and debris present. You can also use a cloth or brush with a small amount of detergent dissolved in a bucket of water.
Treat with a lubricant. There are a variety of lubricants you can use for aluminum windows, but a silicone-based lubricant that will not corrode the metal is a good choice. Spray the lubricant in the window tracks, and move the panes back and forth to spread the lubricant over the parts you cannot spray. Repeat this several several times until the window slides freely.
Wax the frame. Once your windows are clean, you can use an automotive wax on the metal frame and channels. The wax will not damage the metal and will serve to protect it against corrosion.
Why Wouldn’t You Choose Aluminum?
- Thanks to a high thermal conductance, aluminum is less energy efficient than other window materials, making them a less popular choice in cold climates. You can minimize this problem by using a non-conductive material between the two pains.
- Some consider aluminum sliding windows too dull or metallic in appearance when compared to traditional wood products, but modern color-matching techniques ensure they mesh well with your existing scheme.
What About Aluminum Clad Products?
If you’re living in a moderate climate where cold temperatures are rarely a concern, the versatility, durability, and affordability of aluminum makes it an excellent window choice. If you’re partial to the warmth traditional wood frames offer your home’s interior, however, consider aluminum clad wood products. Though more expensive than aluminum alone, these windows are constructed of wood but are covered with aluminum on the exterior to protect the window from warping or weathering. Note that aluminum’s lagging energy efficiency is still an issue.