How to protect windows on construction site? Here are our 8 tips.
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Windows are a very important element to close a house in its raw state. However, windows installed before plastering and finishing works are exposed to dirt and even damage. To prevent them it is enough to remember about a few simple rules.
Protection of windows before plastering – why is so important?
Window installation is a very important stage of house building that allows to close the house in its raw state and start finishing and plastering works. However, it is important to remember about appropriate protection of windows during the works. Windows, profiles, fittings and hinges don’t tolerate construction materials, dust and dirt very well. Lack of protection may result in damage.
How to protect windows before plastering?
DIY stores offer a wide range of films and tapes. All you need to protect your windows is painter’s film or stretch film, which should be transparent and quite thick. The purpose of the film is to protect against adhesives, mortar or paint. We also recommend the use of PVC painter’s tape, which does not leave adhesive residue on glass packets or window profiles. Both films and tapes do not cost much.
How to protect windows before plastering and finishing works?
1. The first step is to cover the windows with the film. It is worth ordering the taping from a plastering team, which certainly has its own proven techniques. When taping the windows yourself, remember to leave a few centimetres for the plaster when taping.
2. For the duration of construction, we recommend using one working handle. Do not install the actual handles until after the construction has been completed. This will prevent any potential damage to the handle coating.
3. We recommend securing the transition windows from the outside of the room to the inside. HST windows should not be used during construction. The aluminium sill and moving rollers on the low threshold rail together with construction dirt can lead to numerous abrasions or scratches. If you have to use a wider passage, secure the threshold of the door and remove sand, dust or cement particles every time before closing the window.
4. Do not forget to protect moving elements of the window – mainly the hinges – against construction dust that increases friction of the hardware. The hinges should also be secured with tape.
5. We also recommend removing or securing any plastic hardware covers.
What measures should be taken after the plastering and finishing works?
1. First of all, the gaskets should be checked and cleaned of any dirt. It is best to wash them with water and a mild detergent. There are also specialised cleaning chemicals available on the market, suitable for PVC.
2. If you find that the openings and drainage and venting slots are clogged, they should be cleaned.
3. As a final step, we recommend cleaning all moving parts, especially the hinges. Moving hardware parts should be oiled. If the windows were installed unfinished, the hardware should be readjusted.
Protecting your windows at the construction site or before renovation not only serves to protect your windows, but also prolongs their trouble-free life.