Windows are often an overrated feature of the home, but they’re more important than you think. The wrong windows can turn into an eyesore and the right ones can add value to your home as well as aesthetic appeal.
That’s where casement windows come in—and they do more than just look nice. Read on to learn more about the benefits of casement windows.
What Are Casement Windows and Why You Need Them
They are like little doors because they’re windows that open outward. They consist of a flat pane of glass with a hinge that’s mounted to the side. They typically come with a sash that opens and closes automatically by a rotating crank mechanism that rests on the interior of the window.
Once the sash is completely open, the window is held in place by a tensioning device, so there’s no swaying and knocking into the house when a breeze comes along. The tensioning works both ways, so when the window is closed, it remains firm and flush against the weatherstripping on the frame.
These windows are much more elegant than your traditional sliding windows. Of course, elegance isn’t their only quality. They come with quite a few benefits:
They Offer Better Ventilation
Unlike sliding windows or double-hung windows, casement windows open all the way. This allows all the fresh air to come inside. Additionally, the open sash acts as a wind flap that catches side breezes and funnels them directly into your home.
They’re especially perfect for crowded neighborhoods where homes and buildings tend to be closer in proximity, preventing regular ventilation.
They Offer Clearer Views
They don’t just open up completely—they’re also less obstructed by thick dividers. Double and single-hung windows stick you with a horizontal strip, sliding windows stick you with a verticle strip, and fixed windows don’t open at all.
With custom casement windows you can opt for non-functional muntins, false muntins, or dual sash casement with a vertical divider. Whichever you choose, you’ll have a refreshingly clear view of the outside world.
They Provide Better Protection
While all windows are made of glass and have their own weaknesses, casement windows provide the best protection compared to the rest. With casement windows, all four sides seal into the sash when they’re locked from the inside, making them hard to break into.
They also have hook-shaped locks and can only be opened using the window crank—which is removable for extra peace of mind.
Due to their strong locking mechanism, casement windows easily keep wind, rain, and snow out. They’re also designed with only one pane of glass rather than two, so there are no gaps that will allow air to pass through.
This design will keep you warm and your utility bills down during the colder months.
They’re Versatile in Design
You can find casement windows to match any architectural style for your home. You can choose from a variety of designs including Colonial Grill, French, Pushout, and even custom style casement windows.
Looking to Replace Your Windows?
Casement windows are one of the best things you can add to your home. When you’re ready to upgrade, contact us. We offer high-quality advice and installations.