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PVCu Window Friction Hinge Stays

Window Friction Hinge Stays

Do you have drafty windows?

A common cause of drafty PVC windows are broken window friction stay hinges. If your friction stay hinge is broken, you could save money by fitting a replacement yourself.

I have put a few snippets of information together to help you identify and buy the correct friction stay hinge for your window.

First of all you need to find out if your window Friction stay hinge is a top hung or a side hung. If your window handle is at the bottom and your window opens out from the bottom you have a Top Hung Friction Stay Window Hinge. If your window handle is at the side and your window opens from the side then you have a Side-Hung Window Stay Hinge.

See this handy guide to see which hinge size is suitable for your window-

Click Here To Open Hinge Specification Guide

Next is to establish the length of your fiction stay hinge. You will need two sizes: the length and the depth. The length of a friction stay hinge is commonly measured in inches and will be either 8″,10″,12″,16″,20″,24″. In metric this equates to 205mm, 260, 305, 410, 510 or 610mm. Now measure the depth (this is called the stack height) it will be usually either 13mm or 17mm.

Once you have this information you will need to establish the type of friction stay hinge you require:

Standard Friction Hinge – these are the most common type of friction stay hinge and can be used for both top and side hung casement windows. When open there will be a gap of around 100mm between the side or top of the frame and the casement.

Restricted Friction Hinge – as the name suggests, this type of friction stay hinge restricts how far the window opens to a couple of inches. This is commonly used for child safety. The restrictor is released by a button that then allows the casement to be fully opened.

Top hung friction stay hinges are sold with a release on both sides, but side hung friction stay hinges are just have a release at either the top or the bottom.

Egress Friction Window Hinge – this type of friction stay hinge are mainly used in bedrooms, or where emergency egress is required. They would be fitted to side hung windows. This type of friction stay hinge allows the window to be opened at 90 degrees so as to maximise the open area for use in an emergency. The egress friction hinge is often combined with an easy-clean release function that allows for the casement to slide along the hinge so that the glass can be cleaned from the inside of a building.

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    All stays are supplied with 4mm packers to convert 13mm stays to a 17mm stack height.
Supplied with self tapping repair friction stay screws
Manufactured from Ferritic Steel
12" and 16" versions suit both top and side hung windows
    10" VERSA Retrofit Friction Stay for Top Hung Windows
    £16.50
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    All stays are supplied with 4mm packers to convert 13mm stays to a 17mm stack height.
Supplied with self tapping repair friction stay screws
Manufactured from Ferritic Steel
12" and 16" versions suit both top and side hung windows
    12" VERSA Retrofit Friction Stay for Top Hung and Side Hung Windows
    £16.50
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    All stays are supplied with 4mm packers to convert 13mm stays to a 17mm stack height.
Supplied with self tapping repair friction stay screws
Manufactured from Ferritic Steel
12" and 16" versions suit both top and side hung windows
    16" VERSA Retrofit Friction Stay for Top Hung and Side Hung Windows
    £16.50
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    All stays are supplied with 4mm packers to convert 13mm stays to a 17mm stack height.
Supplied with self tapping repair friction stay screws
Manufactured from Ferritic Steel
12" and 16" versions suit both top and side hung windows
    20" VERSA Retrofit Friction Stay for Top Hung
    £16.50
    Compare:
    All stays are supplied with 4mm packers to convert 13mm stays to a 17mm stack height.
Supplied with self tapping repair friction stay screws
Manufactured from Ferritic Steel
12" and 16" versions suit both top and side hung windows
    24" VERSA Retrofit Friction Stay for Top Hung
    £16.50
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    All stays are supplied with 4mm packers to convert 13mm stays to a 17mm stack height.
Supplied with self tapping repair friction stay screws
Manufactured from Ferritic Steel
12" and 16" versions suit both top and side hung windows
    8" VERSA Retrofit Friction Stay for Top Hung Windows
    £16.50
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