Beautiful and efficient, casement windows are a great window choice for open air flow and large, unobstructed views.
What is a Casement Window?
Casement windows are fairly common in many American homes these days. The window itself operates very similarly to how a door does. The window is hinged on either the left or the right side, and opens outward using a crank or handle. Because of the nature of how a casement window opens, it provides open air flow into the room, and you can either open the window just a little bit, or all the way.
In terms of energy-efficiency, casement windows are right up there with the best. The crank mechanism creates a pretty air-tight and water-tight seal that keeps the outdoors…well, out. However, this is also one of the drawbacks of casement windows, as the crank mechanism tends to wear down quicker than the sliding track on sliding or double hung windows. Also, as the window opens outwards, you have to make sure that the window is not obstructed by tree branches (for upper level windows) or bushes, foliage, or other objects (for lower level windows). While this isn’t a huge concern, it may be something to take into consideration for some homes.
Casement windows tend to have the screen on the inside of the home, making it extremely easy to remove and clean. This can be particularly helpful if the window is on an upper level where access to the outside of the window can be limited. This, combined with the outward opening nature of a casement window means that they are ideal for upper level windows for maximum air flow and viewing.
Contact Ann Arbor Windows & Doors today to get started on your new casement window installation, or if you have questions about your home window replacement!