A casement window is a hinged window that swings outward, either to the left or right, like a door. Its anatomy consists of a frame, glass, hinges and a handle or crank that serves as an opening mechanism. Casement windows are available in many styles and with many options.
As simple and classic as they may look, casements are not suitable for all homes and all needs. To help you decide whether casement windows are a good choice for your home, here are some factors that you should consider.
Look for a window that will look good from the inside as well as the outside of your home.
If your home is modern or contemporary, give careful thought before choosing a casement window as it may look too traditional.
You definitely want a window that allows for easy and efficient operation. Aside from the window’s mechanism itself, you also need to consider the location where you will install the window. Will there be enough space when you open the window? Can you easily reach for the handle or lock?
Because casement windows swing outward, they are often not suitable for areas where a window might interfere with foot traffic, such as over a patio or walkway. If the spot where you are planning to install the window does not allow adequate clearance, you will need to look at other options.
Of course you want casements that give you the most value for your money. Before you make a final decision, comparison-shop to ensure that you are getting the best quality for your investment.
You want windows that will not only beautify your home, but also help you save on utility costs. Use R-value, U-value, the ENERGY STAR® label and the NFRC label to help you find the most energy-efficient casement windows within your budget.
About the Author
Brice Richards is a Project Specialist for Renewal by Andersen of Austin. Utilizing his expertise in the field, he ensures that every project his team handles is completed to the highest standard. In addition to tending to clients’ needs, Brice also enjoys writing and sharing his industry knowledge.