Casement Windows And Your Home
Whether you are building a new home or renovating your current one, you will find over a dozen different choices of window styles to go with. One option that is frequently overlooked is the casement window as they are seen as the classic option in a world of new innovations. The truth is that they can still be a beautiful addition to any home. A casement window will be attached via (side) hinges and will usually open with a lever or crank that is also the lock.
Part of the reason that some people opt for casement windows as opposed to other options is that they won’t obstruct your view of the outdoors at all. Traditional windows, such as single or double hung options, will have at least one or two bars or grids crossing them. Casement windows, on the other hand, simply have their frame, providing you an unobstructed view of your yard.
Completely Open The Window
Very few windows can actually open up completely, but the casement window is one of these. In fact, this is the design for windows that opens up the widest. You can even strategize which side to put the hinges on to ensure the maximum range of the window.
You may not realize it, but casement windows are actually the enemy of potential intruders. Intruders prefer windows with locks that are easy to break (or with no lock at all). Most of the time, the lock on the window is built into the lever that opens it and will be shaped like a hook. The lock itself is also actually embedded into the frame, making it almost impossible for intruders to simply remove and keeping your home secure.
Compared to other types of windows, it is easier to find casement windows that are weather tight. You simply have to close it for it to fit snugly in place, not leaving any cracks for air to get in or out. That allows you to save money on electricity whether you are using your air conditioning or heating at the moment. For added environmental friendliness, you could even go with Low E Glass that has argon between.
Keep Sounds Out
In addition to being environmentally friendly, the fact that casement windows close completely means that you won’t have to deal with unwanted sounds from outside. The same insulation that saves you money on your energy bills will keep sound out whether you live on a rural road or the middle of a big city.