With the weather turning colder and winter finally here our attention often moves towards being indoors and completing tasks inside our homes. But this is an important time to ensure that you get your conservatory, orangery, or glass extension ready to face the winter weather. So, we have put together a blog that covers the key things to do to keep your conservatory in the best shape until spring arrives.
1. Clear guttering
It’s important that you clear all gutters and check downpipes and drainage for blockages, cracks, or leaks throughout the year, but especially during the winter. This will stop guttering overflowing after heavy rain and protect against leak and damage to the rest of the structure. Ideally clear guttering more frequently in winter, once around November and then again in the early part of the New Year.
2. Check and repair leaks
In order to avoid leaks and water damage, check frames, all seals, lead flashing and roof panels for damage and holes where water could get in and damage the structure or even the interior. It’s harder to repair a conservatory after a leak, so prevention by making regular checks and repairs will help ensure the longevity of your glass extension.
3. Check all mechanisms and handles
Check all working mechanisms, door handles, windows, vents, drainage channels and locks for damage and sticking and replace, repair and lubricate them to keep them working smoothly.
4. Maintain frames
Inspect all frames inside and out for any damage, rust, or timber degradation. Timber frames will require some repeat treatments such as specialist micro-porous re-painting every few years.
5. Clean the structure and glass
Thoroughly clean the complete structure including glass inside and out. Also ensure that you regularly open windows or ventilation points to stop the build-up of condensation, preventing damp and mould on the windows and frames. Be careful not to use the wrong cleaning agents as even some everyday household cleaners can damage the glass and frames.
Groom Outside Valet Cleaning and Maintenance Service
The DIY experts may wish to tackle some of these tasks, but it’s not recommended, and repairs and replacement parts should ideally be completed by a conservatory specialist to ensure the integrity of the structure. We would recommend having a professional deep clean and maintenance at least once per year. We offer a comprehensive deep valet clean and maintenance service that will do all the hard work for you. With our fully equipped vehicle, including ionic pure hot water system, we will deep clean the exterior and interior as well as completing a full service and ‘Health Check’ on your structure and making a recommendation for any repairs and even complete upgrades and the cost to complete the work. Find out more about our cleaning and maintenance options or contact us to get a quote and book a clean. After all, it makes sense to look after your investment, and prolong its lifespan.