Vinyl sliding windows typically have one pane that can slide while the other is fixed in place. The pane that can slide sits in a track which allows it to move. This type of window opens on the side rather than up or down.
Benefits and Advantages of Vinyl Sliding Windows
- Low Maintenance; sliding windows have fewer sections compared to other types of windows making them easy to maintain and clean.
- Long-lasting; sliding windows don’t have parts that wear out such as pulleys and springs which makes them a long-lasting vinyl window option. In addition to the standard durability of vinyl, these windows have an additional layer of glaze which adds durability and longevity.
- Easy to open; these are suitable for anyone, even those who may have difficulties opening other windows. Simply release the latch and slide to the side to open the window
- Energy efficient; the combination of design and the additional layer of glaze makes sliding windows an energy efficient window option. Though older models have not been glazed, newer versions tend to have this feature.
Slider Window Maintenance Tips
- Fixing a bent frame; many times people report that their sliding window frame has bent. This can be fixed with two tools; a rubber hammer and a level. First use the level to determine where the bend is then use the rubber hammer to straighten it. Though you may not get the frame back to its original condition, you may be able to straighten it out enough for the window to slide easily or easier in its tracks.
- Versatility; sliding windows can be used in all climates and weather year round. They are very useful for emergency exits and can be opened in any weather - even if there is ice on your window!
- Window treatments; use window treatments that can easily slide out of the way just like the window itself. You can use grommets, regular cloth, or drapery panels. You can also use vertical or horizontal blinds with valances at the top to add a design element and some pizzazz.