Screws and Hinges: Tips on Maintaining Casement Windows

A favorite among homeowners for its design flexibility and classic appeal, casement windows also provide expansive views. It’s important to remember, however, that no matter how visually appealing a window is, it‘s of little use to you if it can’t do its primary task—providing ventilation for your home. And for it to do that, it needs to be able to open and close properly.  

To ensure your casement windows will remain functional and visually appealing, you need to do a bit of maintenance work from time to time. Renewal by Andersen® of Oklahoma shares some tips below.  

Avoid Using Paint on Wooden Windows

If you have wooden casement windows and want to customize their color and finish, use a shellac-based primer instead of paint; paint can cause window panels to stick to each other. 

If, however, paint was already applied to the windows and the panels have become stuck, don’t try to force them open; any damage incurred this way may void your warranty. Instead, call a contractor. 

It would also be worth considering ordering custom windows from manufacturers. Some companies, like Renewal by Andersen, give their customers the option of designing their own windows and manufacture them according to their specifications. That way, you can customize your windows without running the risk of damaging them. 

Tighten Loose Screws 

Loose screws on the hinges may make it hard for you to close the windows properly. Tightening them should fix the problem. 

Lubricate the Crank Mechanism

Hinges, alongside the window’s crank mechanism, may get rusty over time. To prevent rust build-up, lubricate the two from time to time. 

To make the task easier, we recommend using lithium grease in a tube with a long nozzle that will allow you to target the rusty parts. After applying grease, don’t open the windows just yet; let it seep into the hinges first and then close and own open windows to distribute the lubricant evenly. 

However, if you’re experiencing too many issues with your casement windows despite frequently maintaining it, it may be time for a window replacement. 

Renewal by Andersen of Oklahoma offers a wide variety of premium windows, from casement windows to picture windows. To get an estimate, call us at (405) 212-5936 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OK. 

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