Window hardware is what determines the operation of a window, and is one of the key aspects of how a window actuallly performs from a moisture penetration and air leakage standpoint.

Cascadia Windows believes that the best windows deserve the best hardware, and as such we put premium hardware into all of our operable windows. We include sophisticated mechanisms such as a European-style Tilt-n-Turn window, as well as traditional awning and casement styles. 

Inferior windows use a style of hardware called "cam handles" - which lock the window shut only at the location of the handles. Cascadia Windows no longer use cam handles on any of our windows: When a Cascadia window is shut using one of our premium handles, it engages multi-point locking all the way around the sash frame - making sure that the window is shut not only at the handle location, but at all edges of the operable portion of the window. This ensures much higher moisture penetration and air leakage ratings of the window, because it makes a much tighter seal. It also improves the security of your windows, since there are multiple lock points within the frame.

We proudly use Roto hardware almost exclusively, but also offer premium handles made by Hoppe and others. Almost all of the hardware we use is stainless steel, ensuring superior corrosion resistance over time. Our windows and doors are assembled by hand and submitted to rigorous quality control inspections, so that we can ensure our products will operate smoothly for decades to come. 

See below for the different types of operable windows that we offer, more details on which products use which types of hardware, and how we meet safety and egress code requirements with our hardware.

    • What is egress?

      Egress is a code requirement ensuring the safety of all occupants in the event of a fire - every bedroom must have a point of egress, usually a window, that occupants can escape out of if a fire were to occur.
    • What is a restrictor?

      If the bottom of an operable window is low enough, it means that the window will need a restrictor to limit the amount that it can open. This restrictor is in place to ensure that any window which could be fallen out of is limited to prevent that from happening.
    • Minimum sill height for restrictors

      If the sill height of an operable window is below 42", a restrictor will be required on the window.
    • Maximum sill height for egress

      For a window to be used as a point of egress in a bedroom, the sill height can be a maximum of 44" in order for occupants to be able to safely use it.