Aluminum Frames

Aluminum is made to last for years, but it does require routine maintenance. Perhaps the most important step is to keep the window and door tracks free of dirt and debris. The aluminum tracks are soft and can become damaged if they're not kept clean. Use a broom or a brush to loosen collected debris. Vacuuming thoroughly should be part of your regular cleaning routine. Avoid using abrasive cleaners as they may scratch the aluminum or window frame coating. After cleaning, apply paraffin (wax) to the locks and rollers to prevent corrosion. If windows and doors do not slide freely, an oil-free silicone lubricant can be used on the tracks. Do not use any oil-based lubricant. Oil attracts dust and dirt which becomes embedded in the lubricant and may damage the aluminum.

Aluminum window and doorframes have small weep holes at the bottom to permit water to drain from the track. Keep the weep holes open and free of debris. Avoid flooding window and door frame tracks. Excessive water can overflow the tracks and backup into your home.

During high winds, air will penetrate your windows and doorframes, especially through the weep holes. This is normal. The weep holes are necessary for proper ventilation and you should keep them clear at all times.