Posted on: 1 September 2016
The design of casement windows, with their interior crank that allows them to open fully upon their hinges, makes them an attractive choice for your home. They do require a bit of different maintenance, though, when compared to normal hung windows. The following tips can help you better care for your casement windows and keep them operating smoothly.
Tip #1: Decide your washing access
Casement windows on the ground floor are best washed from the outside. Simply crank the window open and then clean both the interior and the exterior while standing outside. Second floor windows can be washed from inside the house with a little care. Remove the screen so you can wash the inside surface. If it is safe to do so, open the window partially and lean out to clean the outside – but don't put your weight on the window or use it for support. Otherwise, use a ladder to reach the exterior of the window.
Tip #2: Clean the tracks well
Dust and dirt can accumulate in the track, especially in the bottom track. This can prevent the window from closing and sealing well, which in turn can cause drafts or heat loss from inside the home. Dirt can also damage the weatherstripping, which also compromises the seal on the closed window. Use the hose attachment on your vacuum to remove any dust or debris that builds up in the track, and then finish wiping out the track with a damp rag. Also, wipe down the bottom, top, and side edge of the actual window when it is partially open, in case debris is stuck to these areas and causing the closing difficulties.
Tip #3: Lubricate the mechanisms
Casement windows depend upon the hinges, the operator arm, and the crank to open them properly. These will require periodic lubrication to ensure proper operation. If the window is hard to crank, opens jerkily, or is making a noise as it opens, it is time to lubricate. Add a drop of a silicone lubricant to each hinge and then to the moving sections on the arm and crank. Open and close the window a few times so the lubricant can work its way through. After lubricating, check that all the screws holding the arm are tight, since a loose screw can also lead to hard or jerky openings.
Contact a window contractor in your area if you need further help or advice for caring for your casement windows.Share