Cadenza Window Handles
Cadenza window handles with built in key locks to meet your home insurance standards are now available from stock in all the different sizes. Replacement spade cadenza window handles are for the older generation of uPVC windows or windows with an old multi-point locking system (turning the handle turns the locks down the side or the bottom of the window). If you think you have arrived at the wrong page then visit our page for alternative types of window handles or see the entire range of locking double glazing window handles with filters for colours, types and sizes. If you are sure you are looking for spade Cadenza window handles we should have something for you.
Cadenza Window Handles or Spade and Blade Window Handles
There are now only two types of Cadenza window handles available and they are for specialist locks where a blade or spade is used as the means to drive the multi-point lock on the older upvc windows. The name Cadenza originates from the manufacturer Cego who were the first company to design this special lock and who have since seen sales decline as the espag lock and espag window handles have taken over in the double glazing industry. Cego produced two types of Cadenza window handles and the blade was different on each with one having a slight angular spade and the other being completely perpendicular. It is important to choose the correct type of Cadenza spade as one cannot replace the other although many have tried.
UPVC Window Handles Spade
The spade for a upvc window handle can differ slightly between models of the Cego Cadenza window handles. One has an angular bend and the other is straight but both can offer different lengths too, typically 18mm, 32mm and 48mm blades. Check our guide on upvc window handles to get more insight into these measurements. The Cadenza spade itself is always 15mm wide and 3mm thickness.
The Cadenza handle itself maintains the same size positions for the screw fixings and this makes replacement Cadenza window handles much easier to deal with leaving only two things, the length of the blade (spade) and the shape of the blade (spade). These spade handles have 4 fixing points at positional centres of 64mm and 84mm and these have always been the same over time.
The biggest problem customers have with this type of window handle replacement is distinguishing between the blades as one is angled and the other isn't. The angled handle is the Cadenza Angled Blade Window Handle and the straight one is the Cadenza Flat Blade Window Handle.
Quick Tips & Links
What is a Cadenza window handle?
Cadenza window handles are easily identifiable via a protruding blade from the back of the handle. If you don't have a blade attachment then review other types of window handles first. The blade is engaged into a slot in the window which in turn pierces into the lock assembly. This is an old handle style and lock mechanism which has since been replaced by the espagnolette system on most casement windows where the handle has a spindle. The blade is usually 15mm wide and only 3mm thick but the length of the blade varies up to 48mm depending on the lock used in the window.
What do I need to measure to replace a Cadenza handle?
There are several things to check:
1. Are there 4 fixings and are they spaced from the centre at 64mm and 84mm centres?
2. Is the blade a flat blade or a slightly angled blade (2 models exist where the W40 is a flat perpendicular blade and the W62 is an angled one).
3. The blade needs to be completely flat without any cut-outs and 15mm x 3mm.
4. Handing - see the note below.
How do I tell whether it is right handed or left handed handle?
Cadenza handles that open in an anti-clockwise motion are right handed and vice-versa for left handed.
My Cadenza handle has broken after only a few uses, what would cause this?
There is a common problem between two types of cadenza window handles that are available (W62 and W40). One has a straight blade and the other is slightly tapered. If you use the straight one in a lock that is tapered the blade will try to bend and being a cast component the blade will fracture at the corner. See this illustration to show the difference.