Casement windows are very popular for new construction and replacement windows. These windows are hinged on the side, open with a crank or lever, and are used either as a single window or in pairs. Thanks to that crank or lever, you can open and close your window as much as you want, so you can select exactly how much air you want to circulate through your home.
Casement windows can be very beneficial and economical, but there are a few things you need to consider before installing them:
- Will these windows conflict with each other?
Since these windows open to the exterior, you’ll have to think carefully before you install several of them close together. Otherwise, you not be able to open both a bathroom casement window and a bedroom casement window at the same time! Or, you may even find that two windows in the same room could cause problems.
Surprisingly, contractors don’t always plan appropriately for this issue so it’s important to discuss any concerns with a professional window installer to ensure that there won’t be any problems down the road, once it’s too late.
- Do you fall victim to a lot of harsh weather?
The way casement windows are designed, if they are open during a storm, you could experience a very wet home. Unlike awning windows which prevent rain and weather from entering into the home, casement windows seem to welcome it with open arms!
Here in Florida, where the skies can open up without much warning, you may not always make it home in time to close the windows before water gets in.
On the positive side, however, since casement windows are opened and closed with a crank or a lever, the windows seal up very tightly. Therefore, these windows have much lower leakage rates than single and double hung windows.
- Is the space too large for casement windows?
Since casement windows crank open, they can’t be too large or too heavy, or else the framing won’t be able to support them. Very large casement windows can be difficult to open and close, so talk to an expert installer if you've got giant window openings. If you have the space for a larger window, a single hung or double hung window or a sliding window might be a better option for the area.
But in the right situation, casement windows can look absolutely amazing. So, definitely give them some careful consideration if you’re in the middle of a window makeover!