For fabricators looking for hardware for their flush casement windows, you may look towards something different. Traditional in style, these types of windows suit a particular style of furniture. Heritage styled window handles and optional peg stays could be a good choice. Offering all-important period charm with modern durability and a range of finishes. Slim sightlines allow them to sit alongside the narrower frames and sashes without compromising security or aesthetics.
Traditional is Key
We’ve seen a resurgence in capturing the essence of ‘traditional’ - consumers are looking to the past for inspiration for their homes today. Turning towards new windows and doors with an authentic look, blending new additions into existing properties.
Flush casement windows are becoming more popular for people who want a PVCu window that looks like a traditional timber sash. The window style is a good alternative to a chamfered PVCu window. It has thinner frames, a smooth exterior, and a neat appearance.
The choice of window furniture and window colour can then further customise this style of window for any home. Many hardware manufacturers have developed a specific range of locks, window handles and casement fasteners to cater for this growing trend. Offering not only stylistic choices but also finish, to cater for the look consumers are striving for.
AI Takes on Traditional
Choosing to offer a style of furniture that suits this traditional window is key – thereby offering inspiration to those consumers looking to update their home. The industry calls this hardware 'heritage style'. The AI technology ChatGPT explains what this term means.
“What is heritage style hardware?”
Heritage style hardware refers to hardware pieces that have a traditional or vintage look and feel. This type of hardware is often used to enhance the character and charm of antique or period homes or to add a touch of old-world style to contemporary homes. Heritage style hardware can include door handles, locks, hinges, knobs, cabinet pulls, and window hardware, among others.
With property owners spending more time at home in recent years, renovation projects have taken priority for many. The heritage trend is still growing, as people feel nostalgic and want to mix traditional property features with modern performance. And the trend for ‘heritage style hardware’ has even reached the AI bots!
It’s therefore up to hardware manufacturers, fabricators, and installers to fulfil this trend and provide options for consumers looking for solutions.
Tale of Two Halves
As a leading hardware manufacturer, it’s part of the job sheet to look to the latest trends and ensure we have a range of hardware to suit all styles of windows. Whether for a PVCu flush casement window, chamfered PVCu window, timber, or aluminium window; we cater for fabricators invested in providing their customers with this particular style.
The distinctive character of the Fab&Fix Monkey Tail or Tear Drop window handles offers two different ways to achieve heritage styling. Both have been designed to mimic the look of old-fashioned 19th-century ironmongery to create that traditional period charm. Particularly suited to the narrow sightlines on modern flush style casement windows that use espagnolette locks, due to the slim handle design.
The antique inspired look has been engineered to modern standards and strength tested to the equivalent of a modern espagnolette window handle. The specially formulated finish is hard wearing and significantly tougher than traditional wrought iron furniture. Fully matching operating and dummy stay bars are also available to create a true perfectly matching heritage style window.
In a specific range of finishes, whether the consumer is searching for a traditional look in a modern colour like Chrome and Graphite, or they opt for a more authentic antique black or gold finish.
30 Years of Trends
Sarah Knight, a Technical Product Manager at ERA, stated: "Fab&Fix, with its expertise in decorative hardware spanning over three decades, continues to establish the benchmark for exquisitely crafted hardware that offers unparalleled levels of performance and security.
By amalgamating modern manufacturing techniques with traditional designs, we have successfully produced high-performance finishes that are more durable than conventional wrought iron furniture, all while maintaining an authentic visual allure.
As a comprehensive solution provider, boasting the widest range of hardware and decorative furniture available in an extensive array of finishes, we are excellently positioned to assist manufacturers in meeting the latest trends and catering to the diverse needs of every customer."
ERA has a broad range of Fab&Fix decorative hardware. For more information visit our dedicated Fab&Fix page.