Sliding Window / July 14, 2018 / Tearlach DuLin
Regular lubrication is required for smooth operation. Are more damage prone because they are exposed to the outside environment. Screens are prone to damage as they need to be fitted on the inside. Sometimes two windows may come in each others way. More prone to misalignment. Sliding Windows : Allow for maximum light and air. Are inside the house hence less weather beaten. Energy efficient because they shut tight. Can be glazed to save energy. Simple sliding. Movement makes them disabledfriendly
Always be sure to avoid abrasive cleaners such as cleansers and products containing bleach as they can affect the vinyl surface or the caulking around the window. Also avoid using a power washer or hard spraying hose as this too can damage the caulk. Besides occasional exterior cleaning the tracks and runners on your vinyl sliders should be checked every few weeks to make sure they are clear of debris. Vinyl sliding windows glide horizontally and open the full length of the window.
Sliding window locks are often called vent locks as they allow the window to be locked slightly open for ventilation. The recommended gap is 100mm but never have more than 150mm. The theory is that if a head can get through a window a person can squeeze through. The venting position is not as secure as when the window is shut and locked. Therefore you should only leave your windows locked open you are at home.