Casement windows (and awning windows) have some great attributes about them. For example, they look great, are convenient & easy to use, and when closed they seal tightly in their frame. However, these windows also require regular / periodic maintenance. Here are just a few items for you to consider:
- the windows should be cleaned and lubricated on a routine basis
- ensure there is no build-up of materials such as dirt and the likes that gathers between the sash & frames
- clean the windows using a non-abrasive cleanser, and then rinse all surfaces thoroughly
- lubrication (such as silicone) should be applied to the hardware & operating mechanisms to ensure their proper operation, at least annually.
- don’t use a sticky lubricant (such as oil) as that can attract dirt and build up over time restricting movement of the mechanical parts.
- check the condition of sealed window joints, repairing as needed to prevent moisture entry into your home
- ensure any wood surfaces are sealed appropriately e.g with paint, stain etc.
- utilize and inspect the windows for functionality on periodic basis
If you are about to buy a home with casement windows (or already own a home with them) make sure your Saturday Morning Job Jar includes their regular inspection and maintenance.