Choosing a window style is usually your first step when it comes to replacement windows. Each style has unique functions and qualities. It can be confusing when comparing all the different designs. So here is a break-down of one of the most popular styles—casement windows.
What are Casement Windows?
These windows are mounted on one side of the frame with hinges. Usually, they operate on an internal hand crank and pivot open and closed vertically. Many homeowners choose to install these windows over sinks, countertops, and appliances that make windows harder to reach.
Key Advantages of Casement Windows
There are many benefits of casement windows. These include:
These windows are great if you are looking for excellent ventilation. Because the window hinges to the side, the entire window can open instead of just half like double-hung or horizontal sliders.
Sometimes, the angle of the wind makes it difficult to catch the air and you get no ventilation in your home. Because of the way these windows open, they can catch wind that blows in at an acute angle along the house and send the air inside. This gives you more ventilation.
These windows do not require muntins or grills for support or strength. You get a completely unobstructed view outside in addition to that wide open ventilation. If you hate muntins, then you are in luck with this option.
Casement windows have locks embedded in the frame. This makes them nearly impossible to break into and gives you unmatched security.
You can open and close the windows with just one hand. You can even choose to install automatic openers.
As far as window types go, casement windows are one of the best priced styles. If you need to keep to a budget, casement windows make the cut because they usually have a similar price to single and double-hung windows.
When it comes to efficiency, casement windows are second only to a fixed-pane. The window sash presses and locks tightly against fame, creating an airtight seal. The seal even tightens as the window blows against it. This prevents air leaks and helps cut down on energy expenses.
Casement windows come in a variety of material and color options. There are also several design features you can choose from to customize your casement windows to suit your tastes.
Disadvantages to Casement Windows
These are a few drawbacks. These include:
Window mounted air conditioners are best suited for single or double-hung windows because they slide up and down. Casement windows swing out and cannot hold window mounted A/C units.
Casement windows cannot be too large, otherwise they will be too heavy for the hinges. As such, these windows are usually tall, and not too wide.
Find out More about Casement Windows?
Looking for replacement windows in Chicago, IL but still have questions? Call Scientific Home Services Ltd today at (847) 752-0370 or visit our showroom at 7240 Saint Louis Ave, Skokie, IL 60076.