Window Hinges including Child Saftey, Fire Escape, Easy Clean
Window hinges all types supplied & fitted
Have you been informed by your local Council that your window hinges are not Fire escape hinges and do not pass the Building Regulations and therefore your extension can not be signed off?
We can supply and fit all types of window hinges including fire escape hinges that comply to Building Regulations.
Please see below; Before and After photograph of standard window hinges which were changes for fire escape hinges. You can see in photo 2 that the fire escape hinges allow the window to open a lot wider as Building Regulations state that the opening must be a minimum of 450mm in width and height.
The Window Wizard carries all types and sizes of upvc and aluminium double glazing window hinges stock on the van, so we can carry out your replacements in one visit.
Please call The Window Wizard to have your window hinges replaced Call: 0208 310 4193
We supply and fit the following types of hinges:
- Fire Escape Hinges
- Child Safety Hinges
- Easy Clean Hinges
- Standard Double Glazing Window Hinges
Building Regulations for Means of Escape
Only one window per room is generally required to provide a means of escape.
If your local Council request an escape window to a new extension or existing dwelling, the following criteria below should be followed. It is also generally good practice to replace any window on the first floor that is not used as an escape window with an escape window. Please confirm with your local Council the requirements they specify.
The general criteria for fire escape egress window hinges / window opening sizes:
- Width – No less than 450mm
- Height – No less than 450mm
- Clear Openable Area – No less than 0.33m² (allowing access / passage or a view through an empty space; not closed or blocked)
- Cill height – The bottom of the openable area should be no more than 1100mm above the floor area.
If you would like to convert your standard window hinges to fire escape, child safety hinges or easy clean hinges I can carry out this service in one visit.
We also refit the new hinges as per the original fittings so if they are screwed or pop riveted we will refit them the same way.
List of different styles and types of Double Glazed windows
Fanlight top hung window hinges
Below is a photograph of a top hung fanlight window. A fanlight window is the small window above a casement window or can be positioned above a door however, not all fanlight windows are opening windows.
Top hung windows are fitted with a left and right window hinge. Many times only one hinge is broken however, it is advisable that both hinges are renewed. Top hung windows have one hinge fixed to the left of the window and frame and the other hinge fitted to the right hand side. The window handle is located at the bottom of the window.
Top hung window hinges push out from the bottom of the window like a cat flap. Hinges on fanlight windows are prone to wear and tear as they are most frequently used for everyday ventilation, to allow airflow between rooms or into the house.
Below is a photograph of an Open-out Casement window, side hung.
This style of window has a top and bottom hinge which operates and opens like a door. The handle is located on the side of the window which is positioned at the opposite side to the top and bottom hinge.
Below is a photograph of an Open-out Casement window, Top hung left and right.
Casement windows can also be Top hung with the hinge located left and right. The handle will be positioned in the centre and at the bottom of the frame. Like the fanlight window, this will also open and operate like a cat flap.
How to maintain and lubricate your window hinges
Below you will see an illustration which demonstrates the location of where you should lubricate your window hinges. The manufacture recommends that you should lubricate your hinges twice a year.
Bent and broken window hinges
Broken plastic slider on a window hinge
The most common problem with double glazed window hinges is broken plastic sliders, as shown in the photo below:
There are three main reasons why a hinge slider might have broken:
- Old age and fatigue
- Lack of lubrication
- The window was pushed open too fast and hard
Unfortunately when the black/grey slider has broken the only solution is a renew the pair of window hinges.
If your window is not closing fully or has gaps causing draughts it is most likely due to a broken hinge or locking mechanism, please give me a call for a free diagnosis and fixed repair quotation. Please call: 02083104193 to book an appointment to replace your warn and damaged window hinges.
Bent and buckled window hinge
Below is a photograph of a bent and buckled side hung window hinge. Often large windows are prone to their hinges buckling due to the weight of the opening sash. If the manufacture has not supplied and fitted the window with the correct size hinges due to the size and weight of the window, quite often due to lack of lubricant and a strain on the hinge it can cause the hinge to bend. This can be rectified by upgrading the window hinges and ensuring regular maintenance of lubricant.
Hinges supplied and fitted by The Window Wizard, quality you can trust
We supply and fit only the best quality stainless steel window hinges which are durable and heavy duty. The friction hinges are designed and manufactured by one of the longest established hinge manufacturers in the world. Each window hinge has precision geometry for a smooth, positive closing action. The variable opening angles allow easy use and safe cleaning, ensuring reliable long life performance and offers excellent load bearing.
The hinges we fit are manufactured in the UK, SBD approved product, a restricted product for use with CE Marked windows, with an innovative and patented designs.
We can supply and fit all types and sizes of window hinges in one visit.