Sliding windows are the best styles if you want sleek and space-saving windows for your home. As with other window styles, sliding windows has their share of common problems.
Common Sliding Window Problems
Unlike double hung or casement windows, sliding windows rely on a good fit between window sashes and the frame. Too much space can result in a gap that would make the sashes wobble. Air would also leak through these gaps and affect its energy performance. Too tight a fit can result in sliding windows that are difficult to open and close. It has to be properly built so it fits correctly, with allowance for thermal expansion and contraction.
Window operation may also be hindered by dirt and grime on the window tracks. Unlike mechanically assisted window styles, sliding window sashes glide on tracks. This means the full weight of the sashes rest on the tracks, and even the smallest grains can hinder window operation.
Solutions to Sliding Window Problems
To avoid such problems, you need sliding windows with frames that have the following features:
Minimal expansion and contraction — The frame material should exhibit minimal expansion and contraction from temperature changes. In addition to ensuring smooth operation, it also helps prevent warped frames and sashes.
Precisely crafted — The gap between sash and track needs to be as close as possible while allowing smooth and wobble-free operation. Combined with low minimal expansion rates, the sashes should not difficult to operate during warm weather.
Low maintenance — Low-maintenance frames let you easily clean dirt and grit that may get stuck in the rails.
If these features sound too good to be true, our exclusive Fibrex® material frames beg to differ. Developed by our parent company Andersen® Corporation, Fibrex is a composite made from wood fibers and polymers. It combines the strength and stability of wood with the low-maintenance benefits of vinyl. In addition to meeting the above requirements for sliding windows, Fibrex material frames has inherent insulation that contributes to window energy efficiency.
Renewal by Andersen® of Northwest Ohio is your leading provider of replacement windows and patio doors. Give us a call at (419) 931-6087, or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Findlay, OH, and surrounding areas.