The Different Types of Window Handles and Locks

Have you been redecorating or just bought a new home that you’d like to revamp? It might be the last thing on your list, but upgrading your window handles can add the ultimate finishing touch to a room’s look. You can give a room a noticeable difference with little touches, which includes your window handles.

There are different types of window handles to be aware of, so this article will run through each of them to help you understand and decide which style you should go for in each room. The main types we will discuss include Venetian, cockspur, tilt and turn, espag and finally, spade, blade and fork.

Venetian window handle

This type of window handle is fixed by two bolts, which is similar to the espag (further information down below). This handle has a low projection, which means it won’t poke through your blinds. This is a great choice for those with blinds looking for a handle that will fit neatly beside them.

Cockspur window handle

The cockspur window handle can usually be found on older uPVC and aluminium windows as it doesn’t have an internal mechanism to close the window. They are also regularly found in the likes of caravans due to the slim frame windows.

Instead of having a spindle on the back of the handle like an espag, cockspur handles have a spur.

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Espag (aka Espagnolette)

This type of handle is usually found on modern double-glazed windows. Espag window handles have a metal spindle on the back which is fixed in position. The handle turns a series of multi-point locks. 

Tilt and turn handles

The tilt and turn handles are similar to espag handles in the sense that they also have a 7mm spindle on the back. However, this type of handle is chunkier in comparison. This is because a tilt and turn window opens inwards, so it’s chunkier to cope with the weight and movement.

Spade, Blade and Fork

Spade, blade and fork handles all have a different piece of metal at the back. As the name suggests, this will either look like a flat rectangle or a fork with two prongs.

Types of window locks

Now, there’s no point in having a pretty window handle if you can’t lock it and keep your home secure. There are many different types of window locks to be aware of, so here are the main types for you to choose from…

Keyed locks

One of the most common, this type of lock requires a key to open or close the window. These keys can be quite small, so make sure to keep an eye on it to avoid losing it! 

Latch locks

This type of window lock latches two parts of a window together when a window is closed. This is a very simple lock mechanism; all you have to do is turn the handle on the latch to lock or unlock it.

Sliding window locks

A sliding window lock is placed in the track of a sliding window and uses either a lever or a thumbscrew. If a lever is being used, you can turn this to lock and unlock the window, whereas with a thumbscrew you twist to secure the lock. Sliding window locks can also use keys.

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Hinged Wedge Locks

If you’ve got a double-hung window, a hinged wedge lock will prevent it from opening. It can be installed either directly above the sash or higher on the window frame.

Folding latches / Top Hung window locks

These locks and latches are used to lock hung windows, including casement and awning windows. They are installed on the window frame and hold the lockdown which keeps the window closed. To open, pull the latch-up which will unfold the window.

Lock pins

An older type of lock, lock pins are usually used for double-hung windows. The pin is usually attached to the window frame with a chain.

To sum up

Depending on the type of window you have, there are a lot of different window handles and locks to choose from to add to your décor and keep your property secure. Specialists will be able to advise on which handle is best for your windows if you’re still unsure.

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