As visually appealing as a window is, if it can’t be opened properly, then it is of little use to a homeowner. Windows will eventually encounter such problems due to old age, but luckily, you can prevent such issues with periodic maintenance.
Casement windows are a popular choice among homeowners because of their classic design, which seamlessly integrates with a wide range of designs. Renewal by Andersen® of San Diego, your go-to company for sliding French patio doors in the state, shares some maintenance and prevention tips below.
Use Shellac-Based Primer on Wooden Windows
If you have wooden casement windows, there’s a high chance that the layers of paint might stick and prevent the panels from opening. Before the paint layers become an issue, replace the paint with a shellac-based primer.
If, however, the panels become stuck, don’t force it open or do anything that might damage your existing warranty. In such cases, it would be more prudent to call a window contractor to fix it. But if the warranty on your windows has already expired, it might be time to get a window replacement.
Tighten Loose Screws
Other times, loose parts are to blame for hard-to-open windows. Hinges are often a problem; their screws might have loosened over time. If that’s the case, you can simply tighten them.
For more complex problems, like unhinged window frames, it’s best to hire a contractor.
Lubricate the Crank Mechanism’s Hinges
Rust can build up on the crank mechanism over time. Applying some lubricant should solve the issue. We recommend using lithium grease in a tube with a long nozzle so you can focus on the especially rusty parts. After letting the lubricant seep into the crank mechanism’s hinges, open and close the windows a few times to distribute the lubricant evenly.
Of course, it’s inevitable that the older your windows are, the more problems you’ll experience. If you’ve been having one too many issues with your windows, and they’re becoming more frequent, it might be time to get a window replacement.
Renewal by Andersen of San Diego offers a wide variety of premium windows and doors, including specialized ones like sliding patio and French doors. To get a free consultation, call us at (858) 877-5172, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in San Diego, CA.