Casement windows are a style of windows that open with hinges on the side of the window frame. Being hinged at the side allows the window to open fully in the middle, giving a complete view from the window’s opening. This article will dive into everything you need to know about casement windows and why you should consider them for your next window replacement.
In traditional casement window designs, a small crank is used to open the window. There are also push-out casement window styles that do not require turning a crank to open them. There are several different types of casement windows, including the following:
- Single casement: This type of casement style takes up a single-window frame; there could be multiple panels of different sizes depending on the size of the window opening.
- Double casement: These are sometimes called ‘French casement’ windows as they resemble French doors. Double casements are a good choice for unobstructed views as there is no stile in the center of the frame.
- Fixed casement: This type of casement window is also known as a ‘picture window’ and is not openable. Openable windows are usually placed on either side of fixed casements.
Casement windows usually open outwards and are easy to open and close because they are hinged. Whether this is a suitable window style for your home depends on the size and shape of your window frames. Flush casement windows create a slim profile on the building’s exterior and save space.
What Are the Benefits of Casement Windows?
Casement windows have the same benefits as the other window styles on buildings. Many casement windows are available with flush designs, giving them a unique edge compared to flush single or double-hung sash windows, which intrude deeper into the frame. The following are the primary advantages of casement windows:
- Energy efficiency: Casement windows have the same glazing options as other styles, so they are a good option when you are looking for a high energy rating. Casement windows may have a slight edge over sliding windows because of the strong seals they provide, which can be better for preventing air leaks.
- Customization: Many different finishes and color options are available for casements. Casement windows can be customizable and made with a wide range of materials to fit the style and needs of your home.
- Secure: Casement windows are very secure because they have sturdy locking mechanisms and multiple panes of glass that prevent forced opening. Sliding windows are easier to leave open accidentally; a casement window left open is less obvious than a sliding one.
- Affordable: Casement windows use simple mechanisms, fewer materials, and fewer moving parts. Sliding windows use more complicated mechanisms that are much more expensive to manufacture.
- Low-maintenance: Cleaning the inside and outside of a casement window is very simple. The mechanisms of a casement window are also very simple to maintain because they avoid using complex string-based designs that can stiffen or break over time.
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Casement windows were the most popular window style before the introduction of sash windows and still have plenty of use. Casements offer a modern style and are suitable for contemporary and traditional properties. They are perfect for smaller frames and windows in rooms that do not require opening fully, like a bathroom window. If you are considering a window replacement and would like to discuss if casement windows are the right choice for your replacement project, call us at (951) 846-6256 or click here for a FREE quote!