With more and more people looking to save money on energy bills, the quality of replacement windows is skyrocketing. And Energy Star-rated windows make earning a substantial tax credit easier than ever. Milgard, one of the top U.S. window manufacturers, offers several lines of energy efficient windows, including the traditional casement window.
While double hung windows are the most common choice for homes, casement windows offer some distinct advantages. For one, casements are hinged on one side and open outward rather than up and down. The angled pane is actually fairly adept at catching breezes and guiding them into the house, helping to cool your home naturally.
The casement window is more like a miniature picture window. No separate panes, partitions or mullions - just one large sheet of glass that keeps your scenic views unobstructed. Picture windows, of course, don't offer ventilation. But install casement windows, and you get the same great views and cool breezes.
Casement windows are opened by a crank or push lever, both much simpler and less labor-intensive than double hung windows. While some casements vary as far as how wide they will open, the best of them, like Milgard's products, will open fully so that the glass pane is perpendicular to the house.
For casement windows, the screens are placed on the interior of the window to allow the casement to swing out. While having your screens on the inside may seem a bit strange, it actually helps to preserve the screen by keeping it cleaner and exposed less often to the elements.
Milgard offers casement windows in two of their vinyl series; both fiberglass lines, one of which offers a wooden trim interior; the aluminum series; and special thermally improved aluminum line. Each casement window comes with a full lifetime warranty, energy efficient glass, fitted screens and the option for custom design.
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