Window Hardware 101: A Beginner’s Guide

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As a homeowner, regular upkeep is simply a part of life. Sometimes, maintaining your home involves investing in new windows or upgrading the hardware on the windows you currently have as part of a remodeling project. You are certainly not alone, though, if you aren’t familiar with window hardware terminology. This can make it challenging to shop for new hardware, especially if you aren’t browsing with the aid of your contractor or interior designer. In this guide, you’ll discover descriptions of some common types of window hardware and how they are used.

  • Window cranks – Typically, cranks are found on several common windows styles, including casement and awning windows. Cranks were once available in primarily metallic finishes, but modern manufacturers are offering other options, including white vinyl that matches popular vinyl window frames. If, however, you are going for a vintage look or you have wooden windows, you might want to consider brushed silver or oil-rubbed bronze cranks for a high-end appearance.
  • Window hinges – Hinges, like cranks, are part of the hardware on casement and awning window styles. Generally, these hinges function on a pivot so that it is simple to clean both the interior and exterior panes of a window. Most homeowners choose hinges that match their chosen cranks. If you don’t mind your windows opening inward rather than outward, which is traditional in the United States, you might want to consider European hinges. You can visit a window showroom to see the differences in functionality.
  • Window counterbalances – Counterbalances are not necessary on most types of windows. They are, however, necessary on double-hung windows to keep the sash in place. Torsion screws are usually used to attach counterbalances; these are available in white, silver, or gold, depending on your preferences.
  • Window latches and locks – Even if you live in an extremely secure neighborhood, it is essential to have the appropriate latches and locks on all of the windows in your home. Not only does this deter would-be thieves, but it protects small children as well. On windows that are extra-wide, most manufacturers and installation experts recommend using at least two latches. You can also invest in keyed locks or deadbolts for any type of window if you want to feel extra safe.
  • Handles and tracks – Handles and tracks are not common on windows, but can be found on sliding panes of glass that are used as patio doors. If you are planning to have sliding doors installed in your home, it is important to carefully consider the hardware you select, not only for looks but for security. You may even want to consider having a home security expert assess all of the windows in your house before your renovation is complete.

At Hatch Homes, we would love to work with you on your upcoming window installation project. We work with clients throughout North Carolina and South Carolina, so no matter where you live in this region, you can count on our team to assist you! We take pride in doing high-quality work, and we thoroughly enjoy helping all of the families who turn to us create their dream home.

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