Tips for Extending the Life of Your Sliding Doors and Windows

Monumental Windows and Doors is a family-owned and operated business in Palm Desert, CA. We are dedicated to crafting windows and doors that stand the test of time and operate beautifully for as long as you have them in your home. That being said, there are always a couple of helpful tips for extending the life of your sliding doors, windows, and other products.

How Many Years Does a Sliding Door Last?

Anecdotally, Monumental doors can last decades and often do in our projects. Of course, this is dependent on factors including good care and weather conditions. 

Regular cleaning, lubrication of moving parts, and prompt attention to any signs of wear or damage contribute to how long your product will last. Exposure to harsh weather elements such as extreme temperatures or salty coastal air may impact a lifespan, but diligent maintenance can mitigate these effects. In ideal circumstances, a sliding door can endure 30 years or more, providing reliable functionality and aesthetic appeal throughout its lifespan. 

How Long do Slider Windows Last?

Under optimal weather conditions and with good care, sliding windows can also last for several decades. Regular cleaning, attention to weatherstripping, and lubrication of tracks and hardware contribute to their longevity. 

While exposure to harsh elements may influence lifespan, proactive maintenance can counteract these effects. Sliding windows can endure for decades, offering consistent functionality and preserving the visual appeal of the space. Regular inspections and prompt repairs contribute to their sustained performance, ensuring they remain a durable and reliable element of the home for many years.

What Types of Windows and Doors Last the Longest?

Thermally broken aluminum framed windows and doors are renowned for their exceptional durability and longevity, often surpassing the lifespan of products framed in materials like wood. Several key factors contribute to the extended lifespan of Monumental products.

First off, aluminum is inherently resistant to corrosion and decay. Unlike wood, which is susceptible to rot and insect damage, aluminum does not degrade over time when exposed to the elements. This resistance to environmental factors makes thermally broken aluminum frames an excellent choice for windows and doors, especially in regions with diverse weather conditions. We see how long our products have lasted in quality homes all over the U.S., including areas with intense heat and cold.

The Advantages of Thermally Broken Aluminum

The thermal break technology further enhances the longevity of aluminum frames. This design involves placing a non-conductive material between the interior and exterior components of the frame, preventing the transfer of heat and cold. This not only improves energy efficiency but also protects the aluminum from the stress caused by temperature variations. The reduced expansion and contraction minimize the risk of warping, cracking, or other structural issues that can compromise the integrity of the frames over time.

Aluminum frames are also lightweight and incredibly strong. This structural strength allows them to withstand various stresses, including wind loads and impacts, without compromising their form or function. The durability of aluminum frames translates into a longer lifespan for thermally broken windows and doors.

Low-Maintenance Materials

Additionally, the aluminum’s low maintenance requirements contribute to its longevity. Unlike wood, which may require regular painting or sealing to protect against the elements, aluminum frames typically only need periodic cleaning. This ease of maintenance ensures that the frames retain their aesthetic appeal and structural integrity over the years.

The longevity of thermally broken aluminum framed windows and doors stems from the inherent durability of aluminum, coupled with the protective benefits of thermal break technology. These attributes make them resistant to environmental degradation, structural issues, and the maintenance challenges that may affect other framing materials, such as wood.

Taking Care of Your Monumental Products

Now you’ve learned all about how thermally broken aluminum framed windows and doors offer a combination of durability, energy efficiency, and sleek aesthetics. To ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your windows and doors, it is essential to follow a proactive maintenance routine.

Regular cleaning is the first line of defense. Dust, dirt, and debris can accumulate on frames, affecting both the appearance and functionality of sliding windows and doors. Use a mild detergent or a specialized aluminum cleaner to wipe down the frames and remove any build-up. Avoid abrasive materials that could scratch or damage the surface.

Inspect the weatherstripping regularly. Weatherstrips play a crucial role in sealing gaps and preventing drafts. Check for any signs of wear, tear, or damage, and replace weatherstripping as needed. This simple step helps maintain the thermal efficiency of the aluminum frames.

Keep the tracks and hardware clean and lubricated. Over time, dirt and grime can accumulate in the tracks, hindering smooth operation. Regularly vacuum the tracks and clean them with a damp cloth. Additionally, you can apply a silicone-based lubricant to hinges, rollers, and other moving parts to prevent friction and ensure easy opening and closing.

Address any signs of condensation promptly. Condensation can lead to mold growth and compromise the thermal insulation of the windows. Identify the source of the issue and take steps to improve ventilation in the affected areas, such as using exhaust fans or opening windows periodically.

Check out the protective coating on our aluminum frames. Coating options provide an extra layer of defense against environmental elements, UV rays, and corrosion. Consult with your dealer for guidance on suitable coatings and application options.

Finally, you can also schedule regular professional inspections. A trained technician can identify potential issues early on and provide recommendations for maintenance or repairs. This proactive approach can significantly extend the life of thermally broken aluminum framed windows and doors, ensuring they continue to enhance the comfort and energy efficiency of your space for years to come.

Monumental Is Your Partner

It’s important to note that Monumental is a window and door manufacturer, and warranties for our products come through our dealers. If you have not already been set up with one in your area, contact us. And enjoy years of high-performance windows and doors!