Pros and Cons of Casement Windows

Pros and Cons of Casement Windows

For far too long we’ve seen casement windows stuck in the back of our warehouse not getting the attention they deserve. This isn’t to say anything bad about horizontal sliding, vertical sliding, or double-hung windows; they’re all great options for your home. Despite this, there’s something about the classic look and feel of casement windows that can’t be beat. Because of this, we’re sharing the pros and cons of casement windows.

What is a Casement Window?

Before we get started, what is a casement window? To put it simply, they’re the style of window that opens in or out like a door.

They’re attached to the side of the window frames with hinges that allow the window to open and close at a 90° angle. Much like a door.

These types of windows are operated by either a hand crank, or by pushing them open. The crank hardware makes them ideal for places that are hard to reach, like above the toilet or over the stove.

Casement Window Pros:

There are many reasons a Sacramento homeowner would choose casement windows. Here are some of our favorites.

Better Ventilation

A single or double hung window can only catch air and wind that comes through half the allotted window opening. On the other hand, casement windows open outward. Meaning they can use 100% of the open window space.

Since casement windows can open all the way, they offer better ventilation. The open windowpane can catch side breezes and direct that breeze back into your home.

Easy to Wash

Because of how the casement windows open and close, they are easier to wash. The angled opening makes it easier to access the outside glass. You can always ensure a clean view.

Also, since these windows open out, it’s easier to clean all parts of the window frame. You can reach all four inside corners for cleaning or weather stripping.

Energy Efficient

Drafty windows are responsible for 25%-30% of your home’s heating and cooling cost. When temperature treated air escapes through cracks and fissures in your windows your HVAC system is forced to work twice as hard to make the same amount of air.

Since casement windows are weather stripped on all sides, they offer an extra layer of insulation for your home and indoor air temperature.

Casement Window Cons:

At Bell Brothers, we love casement windows. However, there are some important drawbacks that homeowners need to keep in mind.

Can be More Expensive

One of the biggest drawbacks to casement windows is that they can be on the pricier side. This can be attributed to the extra heft and hardware required by these windows.

Since casement windows can open 100%, they need stronger window frames and sashes to keep everything held in place. They also need more hardware than the average double hung window. This too can add extra expense to your window redesign.

Because of the extra care and heft needed for casement windows, you can’t be cheap with them. It’s best to find a company that offers strong and secure windows over cheap windows.

Design is Limited

An unfortunate thing about casement windows is the size limitation. Because they are hung like swinging doors, these windows can’t be too wide.

While casement windows were once the norm for many classic European homes, they were not the vintage standard in American architecture. Many of the classic or historic homes in Sacramento were designed for double hung windows.

Need to Keep an Eye on Hardware

The hardware on casement windows generally sees more wear and tear than other types of windows. Homeowners need to be mindful to the state of their hardware.

Hinges can be prone to rust. They are outside the window and exposed to the elements.

Another reason it’s important to watch the state of your hardware is because over time, hardware can become rusty and brittle, making it easy to break. This can make it easier for your home to be broken into.

While casement windows are incredibly secure, they only stay that way when their hardware is maintained.

If you want to learn more about casement windows, call the number at the top of the screen or click here to schedule an appointment online.