From Brittany on September 29th, 2011 in Window Replacement
As with most areas of a home, your options with window replacements abound. Casement windows are an excellent consideration. Basically, casement windows are hinged on the side to allow for the window to swivel out like a door. Such windows can also be top- and bottom-hung, sometimes with fixed panels on one or more sides.
You see this kind of window in the western part of the United States, and typically in newer homes. The casement feature is a more contemporary design, allowing for more of the sun to come through. Yet its simplicity in design makes it a modern classic. It’s also one of the most popular choices, making your costs very affordable.
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Casement windows are efficient in design, making them the most energy-smart and ventilating window style to date. They offer the best of both worlds: an easy swivel mechanism allowing fresh air to filter in in abundance, yet closing securely to ensure energy efficiency.
These are a perfect choice for hard-to-reach places, such as in bathrooms, and over sinks and appliances in a kitchen. Since they crank open, they’re much easier to open and close. And because of their simplicity, these windows are easy to clean and maintain, and require little more than the standard upkeep through the seasons and years.
Even with its sleek design, a casement window can offer several options, from multi-paned or single-paned. Materials may include vinyl, wood, fiberglass and aluminum. Wood remains the most popular options, yet vinyl is of course easy to maintain and never requires that tedious repaint job. Aluminum is great to keep in mind for—here’s a mouthful—basement casement windows.
These windows are widely popular for a reason, yet you should be aware of some of the cons. If you’re wanting to install these into an older home, make sure and check the stability of your casement hinges and hardware. Casements are usually extremely tough to break into, but faulty, insecure, or rusty hardware increases your risk factor, not to mention the overall quality of your replacement.
Talk to a professional to answer any questions you may have.
Casement windows are available from window brands like Milgard, PGT, and Andersen, who we recently reviewed here. For questions about these windows and the replacement process, contact a contractor for professional help and a job well done.
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