Inspect the Hardware on Your Windows to Determine if they Are Safe

inspect-windowsWhen your windows get older, the hardware on them can become compromised. Depending on whether you live in a high humidity environment, such as Toronto during the summer months, or something that is dryer, the hardware could become compromised more quickly.

When the hardware on your windows is compromised, then you will find that they could become more difficult to open or close. They could also become a liability if you can’t lock them properly.

If certain hardware or components are failing, this could also cause the windows to not open, or, if you have windows that open inward to allow you to clean the outside panes from inside your home, then these could fall in on you, creating a potentially dangerous situation.

What to look for with window hardware.

The first thing that you should pay attention to with any window hardware is corrosion. If you have brass or basic metal hardware, this will appear in the form of rust, or possible green residue. If you notice any corrosion on the hardware, even if it’s only on the rivets or screws, it’s important to inspect the entire piece of hardware more thoroughly.

If you have plastic components, carefully check all of them for broken, loose, or cracked pieces. Even if the window appears to be opening and closing properly, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all of the hardware is in good working condition.

If you aren’t sure what to look for, or you simply don’t know whether the components are working properly, contact a professional window company to come to your home to check and verify that your window hardware is still in good working condition.

The older the windows, the more likely it will be that the hardware could be corroding and becoming a liability. Just because you may need new hardware, that doesn’t automatically mean that you need new windows, though.

Call on Platinum Windows and Doors to find out whether your window hardware is still in great condition.