Traditional casement windows can really add character and charm to a house. If well maintained they can also last for over 50 years.
Casement windows, which are those that open and close on hinges, usually develop fewer problems than double hung sash windows. This is largely thanks to the fact there are fewer moving parts to go wrong.
In order to look after your timber windows properly it is necessary to check them regularly. In fact, it is recommended that you get a professional to inspect them every four to five years. It may cost more in the short term to have minor repairs or inspections by a professional but in the long run you will make some big savings.
Many problems with casement windows are caused by insufficient lubrication and dirt-clogged in the mechanism.
When maintaining your casement windows, check for cracked or flaking paintwork. Windows should be repainted on average every five years, although this can go up and down depending on where you live and the location of the window.
Another thing you need to look out for is sticky windows. This can be due to a build-up of paint and debris that needs to be cleared or scraped away.
Hinges and metalwork need to be oiled and cleaned effectively. Use the tip of a paintbrush to lubricate delicate areas and prevent excess application. If there is any failed putty then this will also need replacing as it may allow water penetration and cause the glass to rattle. Of course, any broken glass panes will need to be repaired too.
Lastly, and perhaps most seriously, look out for the signs of timber decay. Wood can last for many years if given adequate protection, but once it has started to rot, it may need replacing.
In order to keep your windows from falling into disrepair, it’s a good idea to carry out maintenance and repair once in a while. This includes cleaning and removing obstructions from the moving parts using a wire brush, lubricating the sliding shoe and pivots, and tightening loose screws.