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07
Jun
2017

Vinyl window problems and how to solve them


Crank problems

Casement windows and awning windows are both quite popular due to their versatility. When you tighten the crank handle, the sash moves closer to the frame to ensure that the window is properly sealed. If you tighten the window too much, you can do more harm than good. There should be some space allowed for the multi-point locking system to do its job without any added stress or force. Too much force will strip the cranks and make them less effective. If this does occur, the whole mechanism might need to be replaced as a result. So, in this case, prevention is always best!

 

Glass problems

The glass panels are the most prominent part of any window. They can also suffer damage in the form of cracks, chips, and the unit as a whole could fail. Pressure cracks occur when there is a sudden change in temperature. This results in rapid expansion or contraction and a crack forms as a result. Gradual temperature changes do not affect windows in this way. Unfortunately, there's not much you can do to prevent this from occurring since we cannot control Mother Nature. However, you can use tape or plastic to seal the window while waiting for replacement glass to arrive. It's also a good idea to ask the manufacturer if the damage is covered by the warranty before simply ordering new glass.

 

Broken tilt pins

Windows that allow for the tilt and turn feature offer several benefits. They are great for ventilation and easy to clean. However, the latches located at the bottom and top of the window can take some amount of punishment. In many cases, they are made from plastic, and they have a loaded spring. If you are too hard on your windows, it can damage or break the latches. Close your windows with care, and they will last that much longer. If such a part does break, ask your local window manufacturer to supply and replace the broken parts.

 

Push down screen broken pins

There are four holding points on a push down screen. The two at the top are fixed while those at the bottom are operable. These four pins are plastic with springs inside which means that rough handling can cause them to break. They also need to be installed properly in order to prevent damage. This is another case of prevention is better than cure but, should any of the pins break, ask your window manufacturer for professional assistance.

 

Old weather-stripping

This can affect any window or door, and there's not much you can do to prevent this kind of wear and tear. If you notice that the weather-stripping on your window is worn, it will allow for air and possibly even water infiltration. The old weather-stripping needs to be removed and new weather-stripping fitted in its place. This is quite a simple task, but you must make sure that you order the right size for your window.

 

For top quality vinyl windows, call NorthShield Windows and Doors at Winnipeg (204) 272-3725 / Toronto (905) 326-3444. Our team is always happy to provide free in-home estimates along with expert advice.

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