If you’ve been window shopping windows lately then you may have come across casement windows. Casement windows are a popular style made up of flat planes of glass attached to their frame by one or more hinges at the side, which you hold open with a stay. If they’re hinged at the top, they’re sometimes referred to as awnings, if they’re hinged at the bottom then they might be called hoppers. People love them because they’re attractive, versatile and relatively inexpensive. They might not be for everyone, so here’s a few things to keep in mind.
The case for casement windows
Ventilation. And plenty of it, as you can open the window fully, which also lets in a little side breeze too. If you live in a built up area then casement windows allow you to maximize the entry of fresh air into your home.
An unobstructed view. Casement windows give you a free and clear view without muntons getting in the way, another way to maximize the potential of a window.
Security. Each side of a casement window is sealed tight into the frame and the crank is on the inside, so break-ins are difficult – a would-be intruder couldn’t pry open the window. Plus, you can make them even safer by choosing shatterproof glass, applying safety glazing or installing an additional lock on the inside.
Protection from the elements. Because they’re tightly sealed and because there’s only one plane of glass, casement windows are really good at keeping the wind, rain, hail and snow at bay or at least away from the inside of your home when the window is firmly shut. This has the bonus of keeping your home energy efficient.
The case against casement windows
They don’t work with window air conditioners. An in-window air ventilation system is another energy efficient hack some households use to keep their homes cool over hot summers. But they don’t work with casement windows as they can’t be fixed in place.
They’re dangerous when you have small children. When these windows are wide open they can be a safety risk when your child is at the crawling or wandering age, so you when you do use them, think about other safeguards to adopt as well, such as a screen in front of the window.
So what’s the alternative to casement windows? Double-hung, they come with their own benefits and downfalls. If we’ve peaked your interest then contact A Window Store & More and we can further explore the potential together.