Everybody knows what a window is and why they are made in house, office, building, hospital, etc. With new and developing techniques, windows are also being modified. So many different designs of windows are available. But with this, arises the confusing problem, which window balance to choose.
Window balances, also known as window spring or sash, are inside the frame of the window and are found in single or double-hung windows. They help in balancing the sash and also help with the smooth closing and opening of the windows. There are many different sizes, styles, and types of window balances. They are coil spring window balance, spiral window balance, block tackle window balance, weight, and pulley window balances. In this article, we will be focusing on spiral window balances.
What is spiral window balance?
This balance helps in the opening of windows and also holding the window open with the help of a spiral-shaped rod placed within a tube, which connects to a spring and provides the tension to support the sash. The design is simple and takes less space.
Advantages of a spiral window balance
● They are durable compared to other types of window balances
● They require less space and are lighter
● This window balance does not require installing and transporting weights, making the installation process easier.
Disadvantages of a spiral window balance
● The flexibility is less and it allows operation in one direction only
● There are size limitations
● They do not provide aesthetic appeal
How to replace non-tilt spiral window balance
The first step is to raise the sash to the top and then clamp it with some tool to keep it open.
Then lessen the tension and unhook the window balance from the bottom of the sash.
Now carefully remove the clamp and close the window. Remove the screws from the top of the balance and remove the balance from both sides of the frame.
Now install the new balance by putting it through the top of the lower sash and repeating it on the other side.
Again, open the sash and clamp it. Push the balance rod up .
Then first attach the adapter bracket and then hook the tensioning tool into the lowest hole of the adapter bracket.
Now, turn the tensioning 7-10 times.
Once done, follow the same steps on the other side.
Now close your window as the new balance has been installed and your window is ready to slide smoothly.
Things to know about spiral window balance
● They can be fitted to any size
● They are versatile, suitable for both modern and traditional preferences
● Have long lifespan and are durable
● They are more secure and are easy to install
● They are not expensive
● They are made in a way that allows more light, and their visibility is less
● Have a classic look
They are also known as spring window balance because they use springs. The mechanism is robust and does not have issues like fallen weights. The modern spring balances do not have heavy frames, as the frames are slim and thus offer a more view. Modern balances have good flexibility, and the length of the spiral balances can be known by the length of the outer portion of the tube, not including the bearing. They can be of three types: manually tensioned, pre-tensioned, or tilting balances.
So, we can say that window balances are necessary for sash windows. There are various types of balances, among which spiral window balance is the traditional one being used for the windows, but they have been modified with the modern times.