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What Are Casement Windows?

4/13/2016 1:15:09 PM

When it comes to choosing the right new windows for your home, you have many considerations to make, including the operating style you prefer. Casement windows are popular in contemporary homes because of their unique operation. Are they right for your home? Learn more about casements windows to help you decide.

Casement Windows

Unlike sliders and double-hung windows, casements don’t slide up or down. Instead, they pivot outward like a door with the help of hinges located on either the right or left side of the window. You turn a small crank located at the bottom of the interior window frame to open and close the window. Some models allow you to remove the crank when not in use to prevent children from tampering with it.

Casements can be installed individually, as a pair, or part of a larger window configuration such as bay or bow windows. Whatever layout you choose, casement windows are sure to add beauty and beneficial ventilation to your home.

Benefits of Casement Windows

  • Ease of operation: Pushing open stubborn sliding or double-hung windows can be a serious chore. If you have a bad back, turning a crank with one hand is an excellent alternative. This is especially true if the window is set behind the counter or a piece of furniture where getting the leverage to push open a window is particularly difficult.
  • Ample ventilation: Casement windows can be opened just a crack or you can crank them wide open. The perpendicular orientation of the window to your home when fully open encourages more fresh air to enter from all sides.
  • Energy efficiency: Of all operating window types, casements seal the tightest. This keeps drafts out so it’s easier to maintain a cooler home in summer and warmer home in winter.
  • Home security: Since casements can only be cranked open from the inside, they’re impossible to tamper with from the exterior. Unique multi-point locking systems add to the security for a safer home.

Other Considerations

  • More moving parts: Casements are among the most complex window types. More mechanical parts could mean a higher chance of something breaking and requiring a repair.
  • Window air conditioners aren’t compatible: If you plan to cool any room in your home with a window A/C, you need to choose sliding or double-hung windows instead of casements. Portable air conditioners can be made to work, but these units are much more expensive.
  • Greater exposure to the elements: Since they swing outward, the top of casement windows can quickly become weathered if left open during a rainstorm. To prevent this, be sure to close your windows when it begins to rain.
  • The screens are on the inside: The pivoting action of casement windows requires screens to be installed on the inside. This can be a problem if you have pets, but it also makes cleaning window screens easier.
To learn more about casement windows from Weather Shield, please either contact us directly or find a Weather Shield dealer near you.

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