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Tilt and turn windows: draught and noise

Postby Matteo » Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:55 pm

We have uPVC tilt and turn windows that are three years old (as is the house in fact).

The other day, with a strong and very cold wind blowing, I could feel a draught coming through one of the windows. It's not strong - not enough to move the curtains for example - but it's there.

This probably explains why there's a bit more traffic noise than in other rooms - which I had previously put down to the orientation of the window with respect to the wind direction. We also have another window (same side of the house) [u]without[/u] a noticable draught but again with a bit more noise than other rooms.

The draught is coming through between the two hinges on the right hand side.

The seals look good, with no damage and I'm assuming that there is no "problem" with the hinges (as the windows are only three years old). So I'm guessing that the window is simply not sitting against the frame as tightly as it should.

A quick look on the internet suggests that an adjustment can be made by using an allen key in the small, cylindrical pegs that move up and down the side of the widow and slot into the flanges in the window frame. However, the advice seems to be limited to adjustments on the handle side and when I examine the pegs on the hinge side there does not appear to be any obvious means of adjusting these.

Any help would be gratefully accepted - especially since "swimbo" has also noticed the draught...

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Postby welsh brickie » Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:46 pm

there is no adjustment on the hinges on that type. I suggest replacing the rubber gasket that seals the window to the frame you can buy it from double glazing window manufacturers
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Postby Matteo » Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:13 am

Diolch yn fawr.

Pity - I was sure there would be a way.

But then, nothing is ever that simple...
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Postby Benchmark » Wed May 08, 2013 10:24 am

If the house is only 3 years old then you may be covered under the building guarantee that all builders have to supply. This normally lasts for 10 years so it may be worth checking out as you could get the adjustments made by a professional for free. Also it it worth getting a professional to look as it could be a fault with the actual window or the way it has been installed.
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