RECOMMENDED MAINTENANCE OF NANAWALL PRODUCTS
Some General Considerations on all Projects:
- It is important that the product is installed correctly. A poorly installed unit will not function properly. This will cause more abnormal force or stress on the components and will lead to premature failure. When operating the unit, the panels should generally be able to be moved easily by one person (except when there are very large panels or when there are more than 6 panels folding to one side). All locking points should engage smoothly. There should be no rubbing on the floor and no binding. When the unit is closed, the reveal between panels and head jamb and between panels and sill should be consistent. There should be no daylight seen from the inside. Please have all problems corrected as soon as possible by a qualified technician.
- From time to time, due to building movement or settlement, a unit may need to be adjusted by a qualified technician to compensate for any building change.
- It is important that a unit is operated properly. Locking points should be gently opened and closed and not forced. Panels should be opened and closed in the proper manner and sequence. See the Operation section in your Owner’s Manual for proper operation.
- Periodically check for worn or damaged components and replace as soon as possible. A unit with nonworking components will subject the other components to increased stress and lead to premature failure. A unit with worn or damaged components will compromise the performance level expected for air and water infiltration, structural loading and forced entry.
- Periodically, inspect the sealant/caulking on the exterior perimeter of the unit. It is extremely important that the sealant/caulking remains intact and in good condition. Trim off any old, loose caulking and seal any gaps with a good quality caulk. Be sure to check that the door is locked: The door is locked, when the handle cannot be depressed.
- Check that all weep holes are clean and clear of any obstructions. Remove debris and other foreign bodies which have dropped into the tracks in the head jamb and sill immediately to prevent damaging the running carriages and guide trolleys. Clean all components as needed. Check gaskets for proper seating and condition. Remove dust and any deposits from these gaskets.
- The finished aluminum or wood surface needs periodic cleaning and maintenance. Its appearance may be marred by harsh chemicals, abuse or neglect. Frequency of cleaning depends on exposure and needs. For aluminum surfaces, generally warm soapy water should be sufficient. Stubborn stains and deposits may be removed with mineral spirits. For wood surfaces, superficial surface dirt can be removed by washing with water and a soft-bristled, long-handled brush. Heavier accumulations can be removed with a mild solution of household detergent. For all surfaces, aggressive alkaline or acid cleaners should not be used. Excessive abrasive rubbing should be avoided. Sealants and weather stripping may be affected by strong organic solvents. Superficial damage to the aluminum surface must be touched up immediately with proper touch up paint.
- If it is a wood product, the surface should be visually inspected every six months or earlier, depending on the exposure of the NanaWall unit. Periodically re-paint or re-stain the wood as needed. Exposure to the environment will break down the finish and compromise its protective features if not refinished. See Finishing Recommendations in the Owner’s Manual of the wood systems.
- All hardware, hinges and handles should be periodically cleaned with a soft cloth and mild cleanser. Excessive abrasive rubbing should be avoided. Please note that oil rubbed brass is a finish that will develop its own unique patina over time.
- About every six months, apply lubricant to all the hinges and Teflon spray to the running carriages and guiding trolleys.
Some specific suggested maintenance for coastal salt water and other extreme environments:
Please note that the environment within one mile of a sea coast can be extremely corrosive. Products installed in this environment will typically deteriorate sooner than products installed in a less severe environment.
Open and close completely a unit at least once a week and inspect all surfaces.
- a. Salt and other corrosive or abrasive materials such as sand must not be allowed to build up on any surfaces, including all hardware and sill.
- b. The sill and head jamb tracks should be free from all dirt and debris.
- c. There should be no standing water in the track in the sill.
- d. All hardware should be intact and operating properly.
All surfaces must be cleaned with a mild detergent soap and fresh water at least every month and more frequently if necessary.
- a. After washing, the surface should be rinsed thoroughly with clean water and allowed to dry.
- b. For cleaning, do not use abrasive household cleaners or materials like steel wool or hard brushes that can wear and harm finishes.
- c. Any glass cleaner used should not be allowed to run down on any other surface.
Any breaches in the paint coating, such as scratches, chips or areas of abrasion, must be repaired immediately.
Every 3 months, thoroughly clean and dry all upper and lower rollers and all hinges. Liberally apply lubricant such as Teflon spray (no grease) on the wheels and bearings of the rollers. Oil all hinges including the hinge pin with light weight lubricating oil or Teflon spray.
As with any painted surface exposed to corrosive environments, every 6 months apply a wax to the outside of the painted panel and painted track. If the system includes corner connections make sure the wax penetrates the connection joints.