Key Factors to Consider while Selecting Hardware for Doors & Windows
One of the integral components of fenestration systems is their hardware. Unfortunately, we often overlook these elements as compared to the frames and panels of the door or window as they seem minor. However, choosing the proper hardware for fenestration systems can immensely impact the durability and performance of the system.
Here are five essential factors to consider while selecting the appropriate hardware for doors and windows.
Weight of the fenestration system
Hardware for doors and windows primarily comprises locks, handles and hinges. The weight of the door or window in consideration plays a vital role in determining which hardware will suit them best. Hinges should be durable enough to bear the weight of the door and window. Locks, bolts and handles need to complement the weight of the fenestration system and enable ease and comfort for the user. Entrance doors and windows with larger spans require more robust, sturdier handles that can move the shutter without demanding a lot of power on the user’s end.
Frequency of use
While one can minimise this through regular maintenance and proper care of the system, one can also think of preventive measures beforehand. In addition, choosing the correct hardware for these systems can increase longevity and facilitate easy movement. This factor especially needs to be considered in high-footfall spaces such as washrooms, entrances, enclosed public spaces, etc.
Ergonomic design and ease of use
The only parts of a fenestration system that the user comes directly in contact with are the handles, bolts and locks. For built environments such as homes, offices, schools and other high-usage public spaces, the design of these hardware elements needs to be thoroughly checked. An ergonomic design regulates the opening and closing movement of the shutter efficiently. The height at which the handle is fitted, the handle’s grip, and its ease of use make the design user-friendly. Hardware elements such as locks and bolts should be easy to operate for users across all age groups. This helps make the doors and windows more accessible to the user and enhances their experience of using these systems.
Security and lockability
The material and strength of the fenestration system are vital from a security point of view. Another crucial factor is the type of hardware used. Good quality locking mechanisms and sturdy hardware can contribute significantly to the system’s security. The user should also choose appropriate hardware to facilitate emergency egress. An ideal locking mechanism is simple to operate while providing security measures.
Material, finishes and aesthetics
Lastly, the hardware’s material, finish, and aesthetics should complement the overall design theme of the space. Selecting hardware that matches the architectural language of the area enhances the ambience of the entire room. Detailing details helps tie the whole theme together. The finishes of these products should be of good quality and shouldn’t wear off quickly. The texture of the hardware determines the grip and usability of the product.
Paying attention to the smaller components of a fenestration system impacts its viability and ensures a satisfactory experience for its user. Doors and windows fitted with appropriate hardware provide optimum functionality while also elevating the look of the area they are installed in.