It is common for the springs inside of window tracks to lose some tension as they age which can allow the top window sash to slide down over the bottom sash if it is unlocked. Fortunately, this is an issue that can be easily corrected if it occurs. If you remove the window sash, most
How do I prevent the top window sash from sliding down as it ages?
If a window “sticks” to its frame rather than opening or closing easily, you can try applying a smoothing a very thin layer of wax or paraffin to the affected area. This will often reduce the friction between the window and its frame.
Condensation is a natural condition that does not necessarily indicate a defect with the window. It’s caused by the combination of high humidity in the home and low temperatures outside. However, condensation should never occur between the glass panels of double-paned windows. In this case, condensation does indicate a flaw in the seal of the
You should be cleaning the hardware on your windows regularly, including providing lubrication to locks and other moving parts. Be sure to carefully follow manufacturers’ instructions when cleaning hardware surfaces because some finishes can be damaged due to certain finishes and protective coatings. In these cases, manufacturers will provide special instructions.
Just as with doors, wood windows that are exposed to the elements should be painted or coated with a wood preservative to protect them from moisture or other damage. Note that special attention will need to be given to the joints where the sides of the window frame meet the window. Storm windows should be
As your windows age, regularly check for and replace deteriorating caulking around the edges, broken or cracked glass, and damaged or missing screens. Ensure that weatherstripping remains secure to protect against outdoor elements. Clean windows regularly according to their material and finish. Aluminum window surfaces can be cleaned with simply warm water. Note that aluminum
Before making the decision to tint any windows, check over both your manufacturer’s and builder’s guidelines. Some warranties become automatically voided upon tinting.
You should be cleaning the hardware on your doors regularly, including providing lubrication to locks and other moving parts. Be sure to carefully follow manufacturers’ instructions when cleaning hardware surfaces because some finishes can be damaged due to certain finishes and protective coatings. In these cases, manufacturers will provide special instructions.
In order to ensure the continued smooth opening and closing of sliding glass doors, lubricate the tracks regularly and keep them free of debris. If sticking occurs, check to be sure the hinge screws are secure.
Again, excess moisture and humidity can cause wood to expand and doors to “stick” to their frame rather than opening or closing easily. While natural seasonal changes can often cause and remedy this issue, you can use sand paper to lightly sand the area that is sticking. You must then refinish the sanded area with