Maintenance and Operation Guidelines for Glass balustrades, Screens and Juliette balconies
Balustrade structure and rails
The installed product should only be used in the correct and intended manner it was designed for and never subjected to any usage outside these parameters.
The installed product and all its materials, coatings and fixings should be subject to a visual inspection every 3 months for:
- Loose fixings, connections and/or anchors
- Torn, missing or damaged gaskets/seals
- Reduction in performance
Each year a full check should be made of all the fixings, connections between components and attachments/fixing to the building and/or structure to ensure that they remain fit for purpose have retained the tightness as required.
The product will benefit from a clean down being completed. The frequency of this will be governed by the environment in which the product is installed. In a harsh coastal / industrial environment then we would recommend 3 months between cleans, however, where the environment is considered non-coastal and normal urban then the frequency can be pushed out to 6 monthly, or as needed.
Maintenance of powder coated and anodised finishes must follow the simple maintenance procedure of washing the surface with warm soapy water. Do not try to clean the products with solutions containing bleach, acids or abrasive cleaners.
So as to prolong the life of any painted surface, then it is strongly recommended that no cleaners containing esters, ketones or chlorinated solvents are used.
Gaskets and glass movement
At least every 6 month check each glass panel that all gaskets are tight against the glass panels. Replace any gaskets that have been damaged or are missing. Ensure no glass is loose or moving in any way.
Glass Gates and other working parts
If your balustrade area includes any glass gates or other working parts, then every 6 months a full check should be made as above plus cleaning and lubricating of the hinges, locks, and all moving parts, In a coastal locations all moving parts should be cleaned and lubricated more regularly to make sure there is no salt build up.
Glass panels should be periodically washed down with warm soapy water. This also applies to obscured glass panels.
Glass panels treated with the BalcoNano® self-cleaning coating
Never use harsh cleaners or chemicals on your treated/coated surfaces as it may damage the coating and the underlying surface. Our coating reduces cleaning time but it does not eliminate it entirely. It is similar to the development of non-stick cooking pans. While you can cook food in uncoated pans, it is so much easier to clean if you cook with non-stick pans. While you still must maintain your glass with a coated surface, the time and effort required are significantly reduced.
Wet the surface and use a nylon sponge to wipe it down, rubbing in a circular motion. You should feel any ‘sticky’ places becoming smooth again. Then rinse or spray the surface with clean water, let the water drain off and wipe dry.