Windows in your flat are subject to constant rain and wind exposure. Hence, you would need to maintain them as they will deteriorate over time due to fair wear and tear. Regular maintenance of windows is essential for safety.
As a flat owner or occupant, you are responsible for the upkeep of the windows in your flat. Otherwise, a window could fall and cause serious injury or worse to those below.
You should check your windows at least once every 6 months.
Immediate action is crucial for window safety. The moment you find that your windows are in danger of falling, you should take precautionary measures to secure them. Subsequently, engage a Building and Construction Authority (BCA)-approved window contractor listed with HDB to replace/ repair the windows.
Checking casement windows
Check casement windows to ensure that:
Rivets are not broken or corroded
Screws are not loose or rusty
Friction stays are not bent or loose
Use a small mirror to check the stainless steel screws/ rivets on the top and underside of the window panel. There should be at least 3 such screws/ rivets.
Difficulty in closing
Why this happens
Friction stay may become stiff
Sliding track may be stuck due to dirt and other obstructions
Clean and remove dirt, debris and any obstruction from the hinge or friction stay (A), sliding shoe (C) and hinge track (B)
Lubricate or grease the sliding shoe (C), hinge track (B) and pivoting point (D)
Ensure friction stays are properly fixed to the aluminium parts
Engage a BCA-approved window contractor listed with HDB if any of the fixtures are missing or become loose
Checking sliding windows
Check sliding windows to ensure that:
Safety stopper and/ or angle strip(s) is/ are in place
Window panel slides smoothly on the track
Checking adjustable louvred windows
Check the windows to ensure that:
The lever lock works properly
Glass panes are secure and not cracked
7030 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5
#03-49 Northstar @ AMK
Our fabricators have over 10 years experience in this industry and we use numerous suppliers of some of the best Aluminium products. This in turn allows us to provide our clients with a quality product tailored to meet their individual needs. Contact us at 9877 7793