Casement Windows Let Pleasant Weather In or Keep Cold Out

January 26, 2009

Typically cranked open from the bottom, casement windows open outward much like a door. This has a few advantages over other window styles. Breezes, thanks to the angled opening mechanism of casement windows, are either kept at bay or directed in. When installing these windows, whether or not you want to funnel the breeze inside should be taken into account, so that you can orient the window properly.

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Another advantage of casement windows is their ability to open completely, much like an awning window. This can be great for letting the nice weather in, but, unlike awning windows, the opportunity for precipitation to sneak in is ample. For sheer ability to open, no other window style surpasses casement and awning windows. When it comes to security and airtight seal, these windows offer protection that is rivaled only by fixed windows. The locking mechanism is built into the frame of the window, securing the sash by pulling it inward against weather-stripping or rubber. These windows can replace most small and medium windows, but larger windows may require custom hardware or simply a different window style.

There are some downsides, though. Unlike their close-cousin, the awning window, casement windows may conflict with each other when opened or when you attempt to close them. For this reason, and the previously mentioned wind-scooping effects, a fair amount of thought should be put into the orientation of casement windows when installing. The screen is located on the inside of these windows, making it necessary to either clean from the outside or remove the screen, which only allows for cleaning of the interior.

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