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How to Maintain Aluminum Impact Windows in Coastal Areas

Unique to coastal areas, such as South Florida, is the need for us to maintain aluminum windows. While they are light, durable, and perfect for the job, aluminum framed windows need to be cleaned and maintained properly to keep them from getting corroded and to keep them looking their best.

We’re going to look at two scenarios in this blog post; When the windows are new and haven’t yet been exposed to a corrosive environment, and after the windows are installed and you need to maintain them.

Before being exposed to a corrosive environment

Use a light soap and water solution to wash the windows, and rinse well.

Apply a light car wax to the extrusion. Do not apply wax without cleaning the windows first. This is especially important in corrosive environments where salt deposits may be sealed to the extrusion by the wax, allowing the salt to continue to do what it is known to do – corrode the extrusion.

Lucky for you, Vico Windows Inc follows this procedure with every window install job, so you know we’re going to take care of you. Before, during, and after install.

If your windows are already installed and have been exposed to the elements

Use mineral spirits to remove any salt deposits, dirt, etc.

Use a light soap and water solution to wash windows, and rinse well.

Apply a light car wax solution to the extrusion annually. Do not apply wax without cleaning the windows first. This is especially important in corrosive environments where salt deposits may be sealed to the extrusion by the wax, as noted in the previous section of this post.

In corrosive environments, like South Florida where we live, it is recommended that windows be rinsed regularly to reduce salt deposit build-ups and ease the annual cleaning process.