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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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Sanjay Tamang
2 months ago
Love our new windows and doors. We had all our windows replaced on the main floor, side door and front door, as well as the storm doors. The installation team was great. They removed the existing awning and were really great at cleaning up after the work. There were a couple of issues after the install, but the after sales service team of Alex and Walter were able to resolve it promptly. Great advice from Walter about keeping the humidity inside the house to maintain the windows, and also how to operate them properly. And thanks very much Alex and team for buying the doorbell and installing it for us, as well as fixing the bottom part of the door frames to cover holes on the flooring. Appreciate all your hard work and for going the extra mile. Will definitely recommend your company to friends, neighbors and family.
Thomas Carlyle
a week ago
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Courtney Schappert
2 months ago
Likely a good company for windows, installers seemed competent. However for doors they seemed to have much less experience. My salesman left the company midway through the process and I wasn't informed, and turns out some miscommunication between him and I led to a product I didn't want. The door is nice, just not what I had thought I ordered, and it took about 4 months to get, so I accepted it. The paint also chipped after they left, which leaves a bad feeling (even though that's more of a manufacturer issue than NorthShield issue). I'm not saying these guys are going to be bad for you, but I'm not thrilled with my result. REPLY December 5, 2018: I had called about the paint chip and wrong door options already at the time and was told there was no recourse for me. The paint chip was there when I came home from work after the door was installed, but you provided a picture the installers took before the paint was chipped, so at that time I was told there was no recourse. The wrong options I was told was due to a salesman who took my order having left the company, and there was no paperwork showing my chosen option (no door handle hole to be cut). I will call again tomorrow and update this with the results of that conversation.
Carl To
4 months ago
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Lois
3 months ago
Very professional workers that despite finding, no vapor barrier and wood rot on our deck, fixed it right and continued to install our very beautiful door and side light without complaint. I would highly recommend Northshield to any friends, neighbors or anyone else. I am a very Happy, Happy Gal with my beautiful new door!
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