What to Do About Hard-to-Open Aluminum Windows?


Aluminum windows are lightweight, strong and resilient. However, without proper maintenance they can become worn and hard to open. With some work, aluminum windows can work as well as the day they were installed.

Removing Debris

  • Make sure all debris around the frame and rails of the aluminum window have been removed and cleaned with warm water and soap. Aluminum windows become hard to open when there is debris blocking their path.


  • Spray a lubricant like WD-40 around the frame and on the rails in order to fix a hard-to-open aluminum window.

Replace Rollers

  • Remove the window from the window frame and replace the rollers at the top and bottom of the window by unscrewing the old rollers and screwing in the new ones. This also makes it easier to open a hard-to-open aluminum window.

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