When we install glass doors, gates, or windows, it is common that we focus only on the measures and characteristics of the glass. However, the structure of any of these facilities requires some elements that are necessary to know.
The type of window, door, or gate that we have in mind will define the hardware that we need. It will also define the necessary preparations for the integration work.
There are endless types of hardware, all with specific characteristics. These are some of the most common different types of glass fittings on the market.
Different Types of Glass Fittings
The greater the number of glass fittings you know, the broader you will have in deciding which installation is best for each space.
Among the most common types of tempered glass hardware is:
It is also known as a hinge or joints. It is characterized by allowing the turning of windows and doors. It has two parts that join the pieces of the structure. It gives the door mobility through a circular axis of movement.
There are hinges with different degrees of opening, visibility, and placement. They can be found in materials such as plastic, steel, bronze, brass, and zinc.
It is the cylindrical piece supported by another piece and located at the end of it. Its primary function is to offer rotary and oscillatory movement to the other piece. The driveshaft can be flat, annular, conical, and annular.
They are closing and opening mechanisms used to prevent access to the interior of a space. Operated by a key, the locks can be both mechanical and automatic. There are many types of locks: cylinder, combination, two-bolt, two-turn, grinder, re-fenced, etc.
The handles, latch or knob are mechanisms for doors and drawers. They have the function of offering a point of support to exert a driving force forwards or backward. There are rotary, fixed, vertical action, etc. They can be found in materials such as brass, bronze, aluminum, iron, etc.
Connectors or clips
Both cylindrical connectors and clips are used on stairs, railings, windows, and glass walls. They link two or more pieces of glass. Its function is to be points of union between the vertices of the crystals to integrate larger and more complex structures. We can also include spiders and kneecaps within this category.
It is a metal trim for doors or windows that prevents water from entering the space. They are placed at the bottom of the piece of glass.
They are fittings for tempered glass with the function of closing and opening windows. It is a simple, curved-ended rod-shaped mechanism that attaches to the window frame and is operated by a rotating handle.
The knockers are pieces of steel made up of two plates and a hinge. They have the function of closing and opening spaces. Moreover, hasps can include a round piece with a hole for attaching a padlock. Some pins have a similar function.
Important factors to check before buying
When buying a glass fitting, you should always take into account what the intended end use will be. In this way, you will be able to choose the right one to perform the function you are waiting for.
When we have glass, we will always use metal accessories. Some of them have plastic or silicone grips to avoid wear between the two elements. At the same time, they reduce the impact during the friction of the two elements.
Type of material:
Plastic hinges and stainless steel fittings are ideal when they have contact with water. If they are in rooms where vapors are emitted, such as kitchens, bathrooms, or laundry room, steels are preferred.
In contrast, other metals such as steel, zinc, brass, and bronze can be used in the rest of the house. Your budget will depend on what material you want to buy. Steel is the most expensive and resistant among all the others.
The angle of movement of parts:
This is for the hinges. The most common angles are 45, 90, 165, and 180 degrees of opening. You should always take this aspect into account when choosing the correct one.
That’s all about the glass fittings. It doesn’t matter how small they are when it comes to making a glass door or window choosing the right one important.
At Vitrier Bruxelles, we provide different types of glass fittings and services. We have installation, training, and maintenance services for the best equipment available worldwide.