At Paramount Siding and Windows in Denver, we are dedicated to finding the right windows for every customer’s needs. This week, our blog is all about casement windows. We will explain how casement windows work, and why they may or may not be suitable for certain spaces. We’ll also share insider tips on the best placement strategy for casement windows and how to make the most of their benefits.
First of all, what is a casement window? Any window hinged on the side that fully opens by swinging outward is known as a casement style window. Usually, they are opened using a crank handle, allowing precise control over the angle of opening. It is also possible to find casement windows that open without a handle. These typically use a casement stay to remain open at the desired angle, even in windy conditions.
Sometimes customers confuse casement windows with awning or hopper windows. Both of these window styles also open outwards, but awning windows are hinged at the top, and hopper windows are hinged at the bottom. Casement windows are particularly suited for placement in hard-to-reach locations, such as above the kitchen sink. Their accessible crank handle allows easy opening and closing. The crank handle also makes the window much more difficult to open from the outside, contributing to a higher home security level.
With casement windows, it is up to the homeowner to choose on which side to have the window hinged. The crank handle is placed on the opposite side of the hinges. There are some basic guidelines to follow, taking into account aesthetics and practicality. Most customers here in Denver choose to put the crank handle on the side of their dominant hand for easy opening and closing, especially if it is in an awkward position.
If you have a pair of casement windows, that are placed directly next to each other, or on either side of a central picture window or bay window, you should have the hinges positioned on the outside. This will allow the two windows to open from the center, instead of opening like pages of a book. This creates the illusion of increased space and looks much more pleasing to the eye. For single casement windows, placing the hinged side towards the closest corner of a room will emphasize the appearance of continuous open space.
Casement windows are an exceptional choice if you want a well-ventilated home. They can open completely, allowing maximum airflow. The crank system also lets you set them at the right angle to catch a breeze and direct it indoors. If you have a pair of casement windows on opposite sides of the house (or room), you should have one hinged on the right side and the other hinged on the left side. This encourages the movement of fresh air through your home.
Now that you know all about casement windows, nothing is stopping you from making the best decision for your home windows. Contact us here at Paramount Siding and Windows in Denver to request an in-home consultation or to view our range of casement windows from top brands.