Finally, a nice spring day and you want to let the fresh air inside your home but you have windows that won’t stay open on their own. This can be very frustrating to say the least. You can always prop the window open with a block of wood like my buddy does. Or you can continue reading and discover a quick fix for double hung windows that won’t stay open on their own. Read more
Having trouble keeping your double hung windows open? Do you find yourself propping up the window sash with a stick? The problem may be related to your window balance assembly. If the problem is prevalent on all of your double hung windows it may be time to install new replacement windows throughout your home. If the issue is isolated to just one or two windows you may want to consider a window balance assembly repair or replacement.
The easy part of the repair is removing the broken window balance assembly and installing the new components. The more challenging aspect of the balance assembly repair is identifying the style of the balance so you can purchase the correct parts to complete the repair.
Identifying the Window Balance Assembly Type
Before you start shopping for replacement double hung windows, you should familiarize yourself with the terminology. With a basic understanding of the components that make up a double hung window you will be able to communicate your needs and preferences to the window repair company more clearly and avoid any confusion.
Window frames and window sashes of double hung windows can be constructed using a variety of materials including wood, vinyl, aluminum, clad wood, or steel. Refer to the illustration and glossary to learn about the basic anatomy of a double hung window:
The board below the window stool on the interior of the home is referred to as an apron. This piece of trim covers the gap between the window frame and the drywall.
The window casing is the finishing trim that covers the gap between the window frame and the structural framing of the house.