Exterior glass contributes to the value of your building through a combination of aesthetic and performance functions.
It enhances your facility’s overall appearance and keeps occupants comfortable by regulating the amount of light, heat and noise that come inside.
But window cleaning alone is not enough to remove the damage that can build up over time, nor does it protect against future damage. Let’s take a look at how investing in professional glass restoration can preserve the function and beauty of your exterior glass for years to come.
Problems with Exterior Glass
Window deterioration is easy to ignore because it often takes place slowly. However, your exterior glass takes a lot of abuse from a number of sources:
- Extreme temperatures and weather conditions
- High winds
- Ultraviolet light
- Moisture damage from precipitation, acid rain as well as sprinkler systems
- Manufacturing or distribution damage
- Cleaning or construction damage
In addition, minerals such as calcium can leach out from the building’s concrete, creating unsightly streaks and hard water stains that degrade the appearance and function of exterior glass. This phenomenon can leave permanent damage that is hard to correct if left untreated.
Glass and Window Frame Restoration Services
Traditional window cleaning with soap and water cannot correct problems caused by hard water damage, etching or scratches. Instead, chemical and mechanical polishing by trained glass restoration experts is required.
Professional glass restoration can extend the service life of exterior glass by correcting existing problems, preventing damage from accumulating and avoiding more extensive repair or replacement costs in the future. In addition, restoration is often more cost-effective than replacing the glass.
Along with restoring exterior glass, window frames should also get some attention. Commercial metal window frames are typically constructed out of aluminum, or in some cases steel, and are available in a variety of finishes. The most common finish is anodized aluminum. Anodizing can produce a variety of of colors with the most popular being clear, black and bronze.
For example, restoration experts from Mid America Metals recently upgraded a St. Louis facility by performing comprehensive window maintenance services that included glass and window frame services.
- Polishing to remove debris build-up corrects damage without distorting the glass and removes hard water stains and acid etching.
- Anodized aluminum window frames can take on a chalky appearance as the metal starts to oxidize. If caught early enough, the original anodized surface can usually be cleaned and restored. However, if the anodized finish is too damaged or if you wish to change the appearance of your window frames, durable paint finishes are also available.
Do you have questions about maintenance for your exterior glass or window frames?
Contact Mid America Metals online or call us at 1-800-544-4576. Our experts will help you preserve the look and function of your windows for years to come.