Whether you are building a new home or making home improvements, the time will come for you to select your windows. When the time does come, deciding on the style of window can be a challenge if you are unaware of the differences and advantages of the different styles. In this article, we will focus on casement windows; their design and why you might benefit from this style of window.
What are Casement Windows?
A casement window is a window that is attached to its frame with hinges on one side, either the left or right. Because of the way casement windows are hinged, they open outward like a door, and casement double windows open up like a pair of barn doors. Do not mistake these for awning windows, which have hinges on the top and open out from the bottom.
Benefits Of Casement Windows
One great thing about this style window is that, because they are able to open wide, they provide a clear, unobstructed view to the outdoors. But that isn’t the only benefit that they offer! Here are some additional benefits of casement windows:
Easy & Convenient
Casement windows are easy to open and close with a simple turn of the handle. They are especially convenient in harder to reach places such as above your counters, appliances, and cabinets. Instead of having to reach over and struggle to open your traditional double-hung window by lifting, you can open your casement window with just a few easy cranks of the handle. And, since casement windows are able to open up to a full 90 degrees, you can easily clean the outside glass from inside your home!
Unlike other window styles, casement windows have a lever lock, which securely locks the window at multiple points for a secure, weathertight seal.
Casement windows are the most energy efficient ventilating window style. Why? Because they close so tightly. Casement windows have a lever lock feature, which closes the window tightly at multiple points creating a weathertight seal. This style window is sure to keep out all of those unwanted drafts. And, when you want it, casements also provide a full breeze! Because these windows can open wide (90 degrees wide), they are they provide maximum ventilation, allowing you to delay using your HVAC system until you absolutely need to.
Are there disadvantages to casement windows? Yes. Since this style window opens outwards, you can not put an air conditioner in it. Also, since the opening has to be strong enough to hold the weight of the window, there are some size limitations. Very large windows are also very heavy, and simply do not work in this style window.
We hope this article gave you a better understanding of what a casement window is and the benefits that they provide. Have questions about casement windows, or windows in general? give us a call!