Windows are an important part of every home. They allow you to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of your home, help you reduce your energy costs and are an overall big player in your home’s aesthetic appeal. With that in mind, it’s understandable if you want to care for them as much as possible, like you would for any part of your home. Every window style requires different methods of care and your casement window isn’t an exception.
In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Austin discusses how you can maintain your crank casement window.
Caring For Your Home’s Casement Windows
Since casement windows function similarly to doors, they can develop the same problems, such as poor lubrication and loose screws if not maintained properly. The most vital part of your crank casement window is the crank; if you start to notice that it’s difficult to operate, then a simple application of lithium grease or spray lubricants can fix this easily. On the other hand, if the crank handle slips during operation, you can fix this with a file to deepen the notched crank head. Should this fail to work then it might be time to call a professional, such as the ones from Renewal by Andersen, to replace the crank.
Another thing you have to look out for are drafts. A drafty window can easily render your crank casement window’s energy-efficiency properties useless. One way you can avoid a drafty window is through weatherstripping. Alternatively, a simple adjustment may do the trick depending on the style of your latch mechanism. For instance, if the latch hook is attached to the window’s outer edge, remove the screws and take off the latch before filling the holes with epoxy putty. Afterwards, reposition the latch and drill new screw holes to reset the screws you removed.
As for your casement window’s glass, you can easily remove it from the casement window frames by prying off its stops and pushing the glass from the outside. Should your glass be cracked, lay duct tape across the pane to prevent the glass from shattering. However, to avoid any mistakes, it’s always best to have a professional replace your window’s glass instead.
Turn to Renewal by Andersen of Austin for your window replacement needs. We are your number one provider of custom windows and door installation services. Give us a call at (512) 298-2270 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Austin, TX, and other nearby areas in the state of Texas.