Casement windows are a nice alternative to the regular and sash windows. Casement windows are mounted in a different way than their regular counterparts – the hinges are side-mounted and pivot open and closed vertically during the rotation of an internal crank. Granted, casement windows are not perfect for everybody, but that’s exactly the reason why we’re offering a large variety of products. Let’s take a look at both the advantages and disadvantages of the casement windows.
Casement windows hold one pretty significant advantage over the other types of windows. Cross ventilation is a very viable way of cooling your home in the hot months of the year. This is why you need a window that can be opened as much as possible. Casement windows meet this need better than their counterparts – no other window can be opened as much. They swing open entirely, not just parts of them. Let’s give a small comparison to other window types:
However, you should keep one thing in mind. Casement windows open wide – and that gives way to various insects into your home. If you would like to counter this downside, consider getting insect screens to every casement you own. Doing this early can save you lots of headaches along the way.
Casements don’t make use of muntins. Some people like them, some hate them with a passion. If you are from the second type of people, you are in luck. If you are considering dual-sash casement windows, the only thing getting in your view would be the window frame strip between the two sashes. With single-sash casements, there is nothing in the middle – just the great outdoors.
Casement windows can catch the side breezes. The wind sometimes moves along your house at weird angles. With most types of windows, it’s tough getting the air flowing in your home. The open sash of the casement windows can act as a funnel when it comes to wind. It can easily funnel the breeze inside your house and start that sweet cooling process.
Casement windows are quite good when it comes to security. Their locks are in the shape of a hook, and those hooks are embedded within the frame itself. This alone makes them untouchable from the outside. To compare with double-hung windows – they can be easily broken into by using a slim pry bar. The lock screws then get pulled out from the wood and bam – you have unwanted guests.
The verdict here is clear – if you need the positives of a casement window, you will have to live with the negatives. If you need weathertight windows which can be opened – casements are your best choice. The window seal meets the sash straight on and does not allow any air infiltration. Casement windows also force more air in the house. These two features make them amazing for both cold and warm weather.
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