Wondering “What is a casement window?” It’s a type of window known for having hinges on their side and are swung open using a crank handle. They work as singles or pairs in a frame; when open, they offer amazing ventilation.
This style works best for openings that are taller than they are wide. Many Bucks County area homeowners choose to have tall casement windows on both sides of their doors for a great look and convenient circulation. Casements are also a good choice above sinks, countertops, and appliances.
Advantages of a Casement Window
- Second-most weathertight when closed. When the sash is closed, it presses against the frame to create an airtight seal. This seal is airtight and helps keep out leakage. The only window more efficient is a fixed window!
- Screens are easier to clean. Casement windows have screens on the inside so that they don’t conflict with opening the sash. This makes screens easier to clean, especially if you have multiple floors.
- No gravity issues and easy opening. Windows that open vertically can be hard to open. Sometimes, they slip shut on their own; because casement windows open horizontally, this doesn’t happen. Their cranks allow for easy, quiet opening.
- Provides a fully open window. Of all the window styles available, casements can open the furthest. This allows for better cross ventilation and views.
- Catches side breezes. Breezes often move at an acute angle against your home. Casements can funnel this breeze through when open.
- Better security. Casement windows are difficult to break into, in part because their locks are hook-shaped and embedded into the frame.
Disadvantages of a Casement Window
- More Mechanical Parts That Can Break. In addition to the pieces other windows have that can break or need replacement, casements have more parts. Handles can break, gears can freeze or rust.
- Side-by-Side Casements Can Lead to Conflicts. If neighboring casements have opposing swings, the sashes can run into each other and prevent full opening. This can also happen in corners regardless of direction.
- No Conventional Window AC Units. If you’re looking for some extra AC, casements may not be for you. Because of their design and how they open, casements do not allow for regular window AC units. You can by specially designed ones, but they are more expensive.
- More Exposed to Elements when Open. The edges are more exposed when you have the sash opened, which can lead to quick wear and tear. Closing the window during rain or snow can help mitigate this.
Count on Zen Windows for Your Bucks County Casement Window Needs!
In the Bucks County region and beyond, casement windows are a bit of a favorite. We love them too! If you have more questions about this style, feel free to contact us or come visit our showroom. Need replacement casement windows? Request a quote today!