Dealing with a stuck window can be frustrating, especially during a hot day when all you want is to let the cool breeze into your home. Windows stick for various reasons, and it takes a bit of troubleshooting to get them moving again. Stittsville Windows and Doors, your local replacement window company, shares the causes behind hard-to-open windows.
Windows Painted Shut
Painting windows, if not done right, can seal them shut and prevent rooms from receiving necessary ventilation. You can, however, open them by gently running a putty knife between them and the frames. Begin from one corner, and work your way around, doing this on both the windows’ exterior and interior. In case the window has been painted shut for a while, it is important to first tap the frame corners lightly using a hammer to loosen the window. Careful not to break the glass!
Stuck Rubber Gasket
Sometimes, rubber gaskets get stuck after long periods with the windows being closed and being exposed to the hot weather. These components, which keep drafts from entering your home, may melt slightly when exposed to heat. Like the problem mentioned above, you can fix this by running a putty knife between the frame and the sash to separate the two.
Regularly opening and closing your windows may result in the hinges accumulating dust and grit. Once you don’t use them for a while, however, they may become hard to open. Still, fixing this problem is easy. Spray some oil or grease into the hinges, leave it for a few minutes, and wipe down. The windows will soon be opening and closing like new.
For your window replacement needs, turn to Stittsville Windows and Doors. We offer vinyl and wood replacement windows that can help improve curb appeal, refresh the interiors and ensure better energy efficiency. Call us at (613) 706-1922, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve Kanata and Stittsville, ON, residents.