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How to Size and Install Window Stays.

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What are Casement Windows?

Casement windows are attached to their frame using one or more hinges to one side and, consequently, they open and shut like a door; either out or in.

What are Casement Window Stays and Fasteners?

Window stays prop open the window at certain angles depending on the holes you choose to use, whilst casement fasteners lock the window securely in place when it is shut.

A succinct history of Casement Window Hardware.

Within the UK, casement windows were the most popular form of house window prior to the introduction of sash windows, with the glass held in place with lead strips. However, unlike the majority of casement windows featured today, these opened inwards and were protected by shutters on the outside that opened outward. These early casement windows would have had hardware to match and usually consisted of the latches and stays still featured today, crafted in black iron and more often than not forged by the local blacksmith. This changed during the Victorian era, with hardware being cast in brass and then in the later 1800s and early 1900s, plated in nickel.

How to fit a Window Stay.

  1. Begin by unscrewing and removing the original stay used to hold open your window (if there is one present). Fill the holes left by the fixings with a wood filler.
  2. After the filler is completely dry, sand the wood smooth and paint, stain or varnish the newly filled area as required.
  3. After closing the window, position the pins along the bottom of the window frame. The closer the fixing bracket of the stay against the opening edge of the casement, the more manoeuvrability you will have when opening and closing the window.
  4. Fit the stay onto the pins. This will set the correct height for the stay. Using a pencil, dot the position of the stays fixing holes onto the casement frame.
  5. Drill pilot holes and screw the stay to the casement frame.
  6. Close the window and ensure it is tight against the frame. Position the pins under the stay so that each line up with holes to both ends of the stay.
  7. Move the stay out of the way and pencil in the position of the fixing holes on the bottom of the window frame for each pin.
  8. Drill pilot holes and screw the pins into the frame.
  9. Make sure the stay fits over the pins and the window is shut tight.

Window Stay and Casement Fastener Variations.

The most well known type of window stay is the peg style, the installation process explained above. However, it is important to note that this is not the only type of stay available to consumers and that whilst it has the advantage of a variable opening distance, it comes with the disadvantage of potentially causing a danger by protruding into the room. This may be more of an issue in a busy work place setting, or if the window is at eye level, for instance. In addition to this, a typical window stay may not give the user the level of security they require. This is where locking window stays come in. These stays function in the same way as the aforementioned original, but feature the advantageous factor of a lock on the pin for when it is in the closed position. This does not come without downsides, however, the main issue being that locking window furniture may add more security against intruders, but it may present a fire escape issue for people on the inside. That is why here at The Suffolk Latch Company, we always recommend that people who install lockable window hardware constantly place the keys nearby the window, somewhere easily accessible from the inside of the property, and that this is know by all inhabitants of the home or workplace in mention.

In addition to the security option, window stays also come in a wide variety of styles and finishes. What you choose may be dependant on either the age of your property, the window furniture already in place or the décor that will be featured within the building. For instance, in a period cottage, window furniture in black iron may be more suitable than the same piece finished in aluminium or chrome. It is not only the finish that should be taken into consideration, as the style is just as important when it comes to ensuring the ambiance within your space. The handle of both the window stay and fastener can take on an array of different shapes, so we would recommend not just choosing the first one you come across on the Internet. Monkey Tail window furniture might look perfect in your vintage property, whilst a sleek rectangular style may look slightly more out of place. Ultimately, it is crucial to never skim past any details on either the style or safety aspects of your window hardware. To browse our collection of window stays and casement fasteners, please click here.


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