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How To Have Double Glazed Windows That Last For Life

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PVC-U windows are made to last a lifetime...but very many don't. Here's how to make sure they do. It couldn't be easier and it takes just a few minutes. Members of the industry standards and guarantees organisation Network VEKA report that, out of all PVC-U windows that fail before their time, well over half can be blamed on jammed and seized mechanisms - some even say over 80%!
What you'll need: 
Oil (lubricating / WD40)
1: 
Open your PVC-U window. First look for the hinge mechanisms and put a spot of liquid oil on each joint.
2: 
Look or feel around the edge of the opened frame for any inset metal bars (these carry the movement from the handle to the closing/locking mechanisms).
3: 
Some may have a marked lubrication point. If not, just put a few spots near the top and let gravity do the rest.
4: 
Put a spot on the joints of each handle - and the keyhole if it has one - then open and close a few times to let the oil work in.
5: 
If any movement is already very stiff, don't force it. Oil it, try to move it just a little, then try again a few minutes later.
6: 
Repeat with every opening window twice a year, ideally every spring and autumn.
7: 
You can do the same with conservatory doors, French and patio doors. In these cases, there usually is a marked lubrication point.
Tips: 
Oil will not hurt the PVC-U or any other components so don't worry about any excess or spills. It will just wipe off.
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