A sliding window has very few components that are necessary for its operation and thus there is very little to go wrong with the window. There are no pulleys or springs required for operation. In fact, all there is are small wheels inside the track that the window glides on. The fact that there are very few components also makes sliding windows very low maintenance. All you have to do is to lubricate the slider occasionally and to vacuum out the dirt and debris from the window track.
Advantages of a sliding window
- Minimal maintenance. Sliding windows have very few parts making them a low-maintenance and cost-effective choice for residential homes.
- Durable. Springs and pulleys wear or fail over time. Sliding windows don’t rely on these componentsto function, making them durable.
- Energy Efficient. Window glazing impoves insulation and energy efficiency depending of what glass is used. Different glass can give different ratings with relation to sound, wind, and water. See “Glass” section for further information on glazing options.
- Easy to Use. Sliding windows require very little effort and dexterity to open and close. They are not heavy and glide easy along the tracks.
Disadvantages of a sliding window
- Cleaning. Cleaning of the inside of a sliding window is easy, but cleaning the outside can be tricky, depending on the location of each window.