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Tips for Choosing the Right Window Hardware

After choosing a style and frame for your replacement windows, you should also pay attention to the window hardware. When we talk about window hardware in this sense, we refer to those components that make the windows function properly, like latches, hinges, locks, lifts and more.

The specific type of window hardware you need depends on what kind of windows you are planning to use for your home. In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Long Island discusses different window types and the best hardware for them.

Double-Hung Windows 

Double-hung  windows are designed with window sashes–the moving frame that holds the glass that allows them to be opened and closed. The top sash can be slid down and the bottom sash can be slid up depending on how you want to open your window.  

The hardware needed for this type of window includes the following:

  • Sash lifts- a handle for raising the lower sash of the double-hung window 

  • Locking mechanism – used to lock the lower sash and the upper sash

Casement Windows

Casement windows are hinged on one side and can be swung open. The hardware for casement windows include the following:

  • Operator — a crank mechanism which opens and closes the window

  • Lock – located at the jamb to secure the window

Gliding windows

Gliding windows are also designed with window sashes. The difference from the double-hung is that the sashes slide side to side.

Gliding windows use the following hardware:

  • Sash handle – to help you move the sash from side to side

  • Sash lock

Though functional pieces, window hardware can add or detract to the overall look of your windows. Choose a finish that will complement your house and window style and decor. Renewal by Andersen offers a wide range of finishes that will match the design of your home like antique brass, bright brass, brushed chrome, white, black, and more.

If you are also planning for window treatments, like blinds, choose hardware that will not get in the way, like a compact operator for casement windows. 

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island offers a wide range of quality products for window replacement. Our experienced design consultants will work closely with you so that you can find the perfect window for your home. Call us now at (631) 843-1713 or fill out our contact form. We serve clients in Long Island.


"I was very impressed with Renewal by Andersen. They showed up in time and we received several follow up phone calls as the installation was being done as well as the sales representative stopping by to check in on the installation. The delivery/ installer was very professional. I would highly recommend Renewal By Andersen."

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