This week’s Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro replacement window and patio door article wraps up our 12-week series about replacement window and patio door styles, accessories and performance features designed to save homeowners money on utility bills and maintenance. We chose this week to discuss hardware since this is often one of the last design elements people consider for their new home windows. Continue reading to learn more about our full line of standard and exclusive hardware for replacement windows and patio doors.
Hardware styles and finishes can combine to help homeowners create stunning, interior focal points or help blend the window or door into the existing décor, adding functionality without drawing attention. In the same way that a pair of elegant cuff links add a touch of sophistication to a custom-fitted shirt, or the right necklace can pull a look together, replacement window hardware is the final touch that pulls your decorating scheme together. Likewise, a simple, understated accessory becomes part of the wardrobe, barely visible, but necessary to complete the overall performance and appearance. Creating a clear vision of whether you want your new windows to draw the eye or fade into the background helps you select the proper style and finishes.
Appearance is important, but functionality is just as important a consideration in your new windows and doors. Well-designed hardware makes it easier to use your windows and doors, whether you need a rapid exit during an emergency or you just want to open a window to let in some fresh air. Windows and doors that are difficult to open also make it harder to clean them, so you may put off the task, clouding your view. Poor functionality means you won’t get the maximum benefit from your windows and doors, which is frustrating. High-quality hardware not only looks beautiful, it allows you to easily open and close your windows and doors, keeps your family safer and eliminates hassles often seen in cheap, flimsy accessories.
Hardware choices that match or complement other hardware in your home on doors and cabinets will seamlessly align your window and door aesthetic with your existing interior design features. Kitchens and bedrooms often have different wall colors, window styles and, naturally furnishings. Consider the overarching style of each room in your New Jersey or New York home before making this important decision. Think about how white hardware would look against a dark, wood-grain window. Probably, out of place, right? Alternatively, the hardware would virtually disappear with white on white combination. Conversely, brass or nickel hardware can add a touch of sophistication and match the hardware on other elements in your home. Remember, customizing replacement windows means you can choose a unique color or finish for each room in your home, even for every window if you desire.
Not all windows come with the same hardware style. Since double-hung, casements and sliding windows all have unique locking mechanisms, the hardware for each style functions differently.
All styles are available in standard finishes and colors including:
** If you are also considering updating your home with replacement patio doors, remember to consider the hardware choices just as carefully as your window hardware.
Next week, the Renewal by Andersen blog post will feature links to each of the special replacement window features we’ve discussed over the past 12 weeks. If you want more information about available hardware, or you want more information about replacing your existing windows, we invite you to fill in the short form on this page, drop by our showroom or call (866) 609-5033 to schedule a private, in-home consultation with a professional replacement window specialist.