Traditionally, doors and windows have been built out of wood and glass. However, it's not uncommon for metal to be used either. For instance, Kalamein metal doors and windows, which use wooden frames clad with metal, became quite popular in the early 20th century. They were initially used to help add fire protection to buildings; however, they are used for their aesthetic appeal these days.
Whether you have a historic building from the 1920s to 1940s that boasts original Kalamein doors and windows or you're using them to create a vintage look for your brand new residential, commercial, or industrial buildings, you'll want to restore them when needed and preserve them to last as long as possible.
Restoring Metal Doors and Windows
If you notice any damage, even if it's just minor scratches and dents, it's important to have it repaired as soon as possible to prevent further deterioration. Even minor damage can leave your metal windows and doors vulnerable to corrosion.
If there is rust present, removing it is relatively easy to do. Once the rust has been removed, you can repaint or prime the metal doors and windows.
If the damage is more than just cosmetic, you'll need to replace any beyond repair parts. Some metal cladding can be replaced by sheet metal, but you might need to replace the entire door or window in other cases.
Preserving Metal Doors and Windows
To prevent your metal doors and windows from being damaged, you should take preventive measures. First of all, dirt and grime should be regularly removed by washing them down with soap and water and be sure to rinse off any soap residue to prevent it from corroding the metal.
Secondly, apply a protective coating to the metal. Doing so will help prevent rust and other types of damage, and even a coat of paint will provide some protection. Some special primers and sealants are designed specifically for metal doors and windows.
Ask About Our Preservation and Restoration Services
We specialize in restoring and preserving old and new Kalamein doors and windows. Our experts can recreate even the most ornate details and intricate stampings adorning your window and door frames using both photographs and historic drawings.
Not only can we restore and preserve your existing windows and doors, but we can also create custom metal doors, and windows using bronze, copper, stainless steel, and galvanized steel. For more information about our restoration and preservation services or to request a quote, contact us at Heather & Little today.
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