There’s always a bit of novelty in being different. Take vehicles with beetle-wing doors for example. You could always have a car with doors that open in a conventional way, but a car with doors that open vertically stands out from the crowd.
We aren’t here to talk about car doors, however. We are talking about replacement windows. If your home currently has single-hung or double-hung windows, you might consider upgrading to casement windows. They are the replacement window version of beetle-wing doors—they stand out from the crowd.
How Casement Windows Work
You’re likely already familiar with double and single-hung style windows. They are the type that can be slid open from the top or bottom. Casement windows work a little differently. They are hinged to the window frame from the top or sides and swing outwards when opened. For the sake of being technically correct, windows that are hinged at the top are called awning windows. Hoppers are a similar type of window, but they are hinged at the bottom and open inwards.
Improved Energy Efficiency
Besides the obvious dazzle factor (who doesn’t like windows that swing instead of slide?), casement windows do offer some other advantages. Compared to their single and double-hung relatives, they are more energy efficient. The sliding variety of windows use a track to slide on, and it isn’t known for being air tight. Hot and cold air can more easily leak through because of the design.
At least in the way they close, casement windows can be thought of as similar to your refrigerator door. Just as the padding on your refrigerator door creates a snug fit, casement windows have weather strips that shut tightly. Hot or cold air can’t leak through as easily. You’ll save on energy costs as your HVAC system won’t have to compete with air leakage from the windows anymore.
Everyone likes to gaze out the window every once in a while. If you have double or single hung windows, however, your gaze will be met by a check rail. That’s the part in the middle of the window where the top and bottom halves meet. Casement windows don’t have a check rail since they open from the hinges on the top or side. When you look outside from a casement or awning window, your eyes will be met by a wide, expansive view. For anyone wanting to enjoy a view, casement windows are the way to go.
Casement Window Options
From the outside, casement windows look just like regular windows. You can even add a grid or check rail to give them a more conventional look. The same glass options like dual or triple-pane glass are available for casement windows as are the window frame options like composite, wood, and vinyl.
In summary, if you are in the market for replacement windows, casement windows are a unique and energy efficient choice.