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Choosing the Right Window Hardware for Your Property

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Quick FAQs

What types of window hardware are there?

Window hardware includes: window locks, window handles, hinges, window stays, seals and weatherstripping, security bars and grilles, and restrictors.

Can window hardware be replaced?

Yes, but it’s always best to get a professional in to advise on the best hardware to fit it properly.

Can the right window hardware enhance security?

Yes, durable locks, reinforced hinges, and sturdy handles are important security features to protect your home.

How does window hardware contribute to energy efficiency?

Weatherstripping, seals, and energy-efficient locks will help prevent drafts and heat loss, improving energy efficiency.

Can window furniture enhance aesthetics?

Yes, the right window hardware can complement the architectural style and interior design of your property.

Who knew there was so much to consider when choosing the right window hardware (also known as window furniture) for your home?

The right window hardware won’t only improve the look of your windows but it will boost energy efficiency, improve security and support the lifespan of your windows – keeping them in good condition for many years to come and saving you money by avoiding repairs or early replacements.

In this post, we’ll guide you through the aspects to consider when choosing the right window hardware to best complement your home.

Understanding the Different Types of Window Hardware

Depending on the type of window you’re looking to get for your property, you’re likely to need to consider several types of window hardware. This includes the following:

  • window locks
  • security bars and grilles
  • window handles
  • window hinges
  • window stays
  • window restrictors
  • seals and weatherstripping

Window locks

Good-quality locks will improve the security of your property and if you’re taking out home insurance, you’ll need to prove you have adequate locks on your windows. Window locks are also an important safety feature, particularly if you have young children.

With so many different types of locks available, it can be tricky to know what to choose. The best type of lock will depend on the type of window you have or are looking to install. Modern uPVC window handles will require different locks for sash and casement windows.

Keyed locks provide the best security and are therefore very popular. Just make sure you don’t lose the key. Keep it in a safe place close to the window so that you can open the window in an emergency.

Security bars and grilles

You may wish to further enhance the security of your property with window bars and grilles. Security grilles don’t have to give a property a prison feel. In fact, there are many different designs to choose from – collapsible, fixed and Georgian grilles – that can be fitted internally or externally. A professional will be able to advise on the best style for your property so that you can achieve the perfect balance between security and aesthetics.

Window handles

There is a vast range of window handle styles to choose from to suit the look of your home. You’ll also want to consider ease of operation and who uses it. You might also want to consider how flush to the window you’d like the handle to be. For example, if you have window blinds, you’ll want a handle that doesn’t poke through.

If you’re looking to replace window handles, you’ll need to replace like-for-like in terms of spindle length. You’ll also need to ensure that handles that open anti-clockwise are right-handed and those that open clockwise are left-handed. When it comes to the step height, you’ll need to measure it accurately to ensure the window when closed, is tight and secure.

Don’t worry if this all sounds complicated! A professional can advise on all of this.

Window hinges

If you’re replacing your window hinges, you’ll need accurate measurements and you’ll need to know whether you require side-hung or top-hung window hinges. If you’re purchasing new windows, you probably won’t need to give too much thought to hinges as your window provider will explain which ones they use and why.

Friction stay hinges are most commonly used on a variety of uPVC double-glazing windows. As the name suggests, the hinge has enough friction to hold the window in an open position. The most common hinge used for new windows in the UK is the standard friction stay hinge. There are also Egress / Easy Clean friction hinges which can be used to provide emergency exits and enable easy cleaning of the window from the inside of the property.

Window stays

Window stays are like arms that keep the window open at a chosen angle. They support open windows, secure closed windows and prevent fingers from getting squashed. Stays can be fitted to wooden and uPVC windows and are available in locking and non-locking versions. However, they aren’t necessary for windows with friction stay hinges, unless you require them for added security.

Window restrictors

Window restrictors are a legal requirement in the UK when individuals who are in danger of falling or require care can access the windows. Restrictors mean the window can only open by 100mm or less. They are commonly used in high-rise flats or offices for safety reasons, but they’re not compulsory for residential properties.

If you do want window restrictors on your uPVC double-glazing windows, there is an option to get concealed restrictors, which can’t be seen when the window is closed.

Seals and weatherstripping

When it comes to insulating your home effectively and sealing out the elements, you’ll want to consider the right weatherstripping for your windows. There is a surprising number of different types of weatherstripping.

An expert is best placed to advise on the most suitable seals and weatherstripping for your new or existing windows.

In conclusion

There’s certainly more to replacing windows than meets the eye! When it comes to window hardware, you’ll want to consider aesthetics, functionality, security, safety and energy efficiency. Choosing high-quality window hardware will provide you with durability and making sure you maintain your window hardware will increase its lifespan.

Trusted professional window and door suppliers or contractors will be happy to help you make informed decisions. Here at Three Counties, we’d be delighted to speak to you about your window hardware and support you in choosing the right hardware for your specific needs.

Why not get in touch today to speak to one of our experts?

Need expert advice with choosing the window furniture?

Trusted professional window and door suppliers or contractors will be happy to help you make informed decisions. Here at Three Counties, we’d be delighted to speak to you about your window hardware and support you in choosing the right hardware for your specific needs.

Why not get in touch today to speak to one of our experts about the right furniture for your home’s windows?

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