Simply defined, casement windows are hinged on the side and swing out like a door, to the right or left, in a swinging motion. Casement windows comprise either a side-hung, top-hung, or occasionally bottom-hung sash or a combination of these types, sometimes with fixed panels on one or more sides of the sash.
This type of window is more common in newer homes and more typical in the western part of the United States. Once the most common form of domestic window before the introduction of the sash, casement windows feature a more contemporary design style, and allowing more light to enter the window, while also providing a larger view.
Casement windows are among the most energy-efficient, ventilating window style. Graceful styling and high-tech engineering make casements a popular choice. They're the perfect choice above cabinets, counters, or areas where opening and closing require a reach to crank them outward and direct the fresh air indoors. They open easily for better ventilation, and shut tightly to ensure energy-efficiency.
Casement windows are one of many styles of both new and replacement windows. Replacement materials for windows include wood, vinyl, metals such as aluminum and steel, fiberglass and wood clad windows. While wood replacement windows are still the most popular option when replacing your home's windows, vinyl replacement windows are very easy to maintain and will never require painting. Aluminum replacement windows are mostly used in commercial applications, but are also a good choice for basement windows.
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