Casement windows date back to the 16th centuries, if not before. These windows took the form of "wrought iron casement windows with leaded lights." These windows were of a smaller size thanks to the smaller pieces of "crown glass" available. The windows were hinged and opened sideways rather than up like sash windows. As time progressed, casement windows had wood frames. Casement windows are stilled used nowadays. This guide will discuss casement window hardware.
One of the casement hardware pieces is the latch. The window latch allows you to lock the window when it is closed, helping to prevent unwanted entry. The latches can come in many styles and colours, so that you can match the latch to both the window and house style. Modern latches Modern latches and reproduction copies of older latches are available nowadays at building supply stores and online. Latches can exist as handles that can be turned to open and close the more modern casement windows. These handles can have different finishes and look traditional or modern. Some of the handles can have keypads to help to provide security. The more modern latches can take the form of handles. They do not take those that crank but the ones that are lifted. These also work well for security as they cannot be opened from the outside.
A casement stay allows you to lock the casement window open in various positions between wide open and closed. Casement stays can be made of various materials from solid brass or steel and are available at building supply stores or online. Reproduction stays are available as well as modern ones.The modern stays can be spring action and quite heavy-duty.
The hinge allows the casement window to open. The hinge styles can range from reproduction to bar and awning hinges. Styles The two latter styles are usually used in conjunction with the more modern handles and styles of casement windows. With the more modern hinges, the need for the stay is negated as the hinges and the handle take the role of the stays. Since the casement window is cranked open, it acts as a stay, thus preventing the window from opening or the hinges from actuating until you activate it yourself.