Contemporary sash, hung-tilt windows | Portes et Fenêtres Verdun

Hung-tilt Window Selection

Hung-tilt windows are definitely the most common type of window found in old houses. It has two panels that slide up and down. On this type of window, the screen is on the outside. We call double hung windows those with two mobile panels and single hung windows when only the bottom shutter can open.

Panels in modern hung windows can tilt-in, which greatly facilitates cleaning, especially if they are located upstairs. Many prefer this method of opening to the rotation of a crank handle.

It is possible to modify the height distribution between the top and bottom panels for architectural needs. Unequal distribution, called "cottage style" adds a rustic charm to the window.

Adding tiling in one or both components is another way to give a particular style to the window. The number and size of the mock tiles must be carefully determined for proportions that will be visually aesthetic.

Give an even more rustic look by adding decorative glass, stained glass or architectural mouldings.

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How do I take out a sash window?

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How do I clean a sash window?

It’s essential to follow the steps laid out by Portes et Fenêtres Verdun.

To perform maintenance on your sash windows without breaking them because of improper handling, here’s the procedure to follow:

Tilting the panes

  1. Raise the lower pane approximately six inches from the bottom of the window frame. This step is necessary in order to avoid breaking the window frame or hardware.
  2. To access the outer surface of the glass, release the two locking tabs at the top and tilt the sash inward.
  3. The pane will now be horizontal, making it easier to clean. While you’re working on it, you can support its weight on the back of a chair.
  4. Once the lower pane is horizontal, you can follow the same procedure with the upper pane, tilting it to facilitate the maintenance process.
  5. To put the pane back in place, pivot the sash and ensure that the locking tabs click into the grooves on each side.

To clean a sash window frame, all you need is soap and water.

You should never use petroleum-based products like WD-40 to lubricate the frame. You should also avoid the use of abrasive products like Comet or Vim when cleaning it.

If you encounter a lot of resistance when you try to open the sash window, you can use a silicone-based lubricant or graphite to make it slide more easily.

While you’re cleaning your sash windows, inspect the weather-stripping. If it’s cracked, split or coming loose, it’s time to replace it. You should also check for stains or mold indicating the presence of water leaks. These may be signs that the humidity is too high inside the home.