Casement windows are becoming increasingly popular because of what they offer in terms of price, view, maintenance, and durability. They are hinged at the side and open using a crank or lever. Their style dates back to the end of the 18th century and initially were windows hinged to an iron frame. Today the frame can be anything from wood to composite to steel. Here are four advantages to having casement windows in your home and what you should look for in the perfect casement window model.
Most of us want to live more sustainable lifestyles, and the fact that casement windows are so energy efficient helps attain part of that goal. If sustainability is not your motivation, consider the savings you get when your windows stop being a heated and cool air sieve depending on whatever season it is. The energy efficiency comes when the window is closed against the sash, and an airtight seal is created.
These windows provide added security to your home. It is next to impossible to get them open when they are closed, without being sealed or locked. This is because the crank mechanism is located in the home and the only way to get it to work is from inside. That means the only way to get access to opening the window is to break the pane of glass in the window.
A full pane of glass provides an unobstructed view of everything outside. You can view nature unobstructed with the window closed, and if you open the window in good weather, the expansiveness of the swinging window greatly exceeds all but the largest stationary windows. When placed side by side along a wall, a casement window easily provides the most view potential of any window except a bay window, and it even rivals most of them.
Casement windows open a full 90 degrees because of their hinged design. That means you get the most when it comes to ventilation. Because they are retractable, you also can control ventilation. If it's chilly out, you can leave the window cracked. Its height provides a full, but manageable ventilation. If it is hot out, having the window open as wide as possible lets any breeze come through unimpeded.
What You Should Insist On
Not all casement windows are the same. Some casement windows are more functional than others. Other windows are more durable and efficient. At a minimum, you should insist upon:
- Dual Arm Opening Mechanism: This eases the stress on the crank and helps it last longer. It also minimizes the stress on the gears so that they do not wear out as quickly. Casement windows without the dual arm opening mechanism generally are a lot more difficult to open and shut.
- Low Profile Interior Screen: This helps maximize the window space, allowing a fuller, unobstructed view, even if a screen is installed.
- Multiple Locking Mechanism: This provides more security for your house.
Casement windows are energy efficient, reliable, and durable while providing a maximum viewing area. For more information, check out Findlay Roofing.