Casement Windows – Stylish, Secure, and Energy-Efficient
Casement windows are the oldest form of window that can be opened, and first appeared in the 15th century, when they were a feature of grand houses.
Today, they are–with good reason–among the most popular forms of window, and can work well in both modern and traditional architectural styles.
Casement windows are hung vertically on hinges–just like a door. In fact, they’re similar in structure to French doors (also known as French windows) except that they are generally placed higher in the wall, and usually open outwards instead of inwards.
They most frequently appear either as a single unit or as a pair (with a “”mullion”” between the two halves) within a wall opening. However, they can be very attractive when more than two are formed into long bands, a technique that Frank Lloyd Wright employed to great effect in his Prairie houses.
Advantages of Vinyl Casement Windows
The problem with using traditional materials in the construction of these windows is that they’re often high maintenance. Wood, steel, and even aluminum are vulnerable to corrosion from both weather and UV light, and have to be painted or treated regularly in order to prevent deterioration.
With vinyl casement windows, these issues are dramatically reduced.
In addition to being low maintenance, vinyl casement windows also provide a range of other benefits. These generally are either similar to–or better than–those offered by competing styles and materials: Check out this article: Double Glazing Prices 2020 | Average Cost of Double Glazing
- Security–these windows have multi-point locking systems that provide high levels of protection against intruders.
- Weather-proofing–because these windows close against a seal (a bit like a refrigerator door), they have exceptional insulation properties, keeping the cold and wet out, and making heating and cooling systems more efficient.
- Ventilation–these windows open a full 90 degrees, maximizing the cooling breezes you can allow into your home.
- Cleaning–the frames are very easy to clean, often requiring just an effortless wipe.