One of the trends we talked about as far as replacement windows was different style windows. By far, the most popular window, other than the traditional single hung window, is the casement window. Casement windows are different in many ways but should be a consideration if you’re getting new windows for your home.

If you’re not sure how a casement window differs from a tradition window, there are a few differences. First, they open from one side because they are hinged rather than sliding than up and down. You use a crank to open them. Second, the screen is on the inside of your home. Here are a few reasons many homeowners choose casement windows.

Energy Efficiency

Because of the design and how they open and close, casement windows are the most energy efficient windows that actually open. When closed and locked there is little air leakage. Of course, the level of energy efficiency depends on the window itself.

Easy Operation

Opening and closing a casement window is as easy as turning the crank. This means if your window is over a sink, bookshelf or piece of furniture, you won’t have to reach and strain to push it up or down.

Clean from Inside

Double hung windows and casement windows are the only type of window where you can clean both the inside and outside panes of glass from inside your home. A casement window will require you to remove the window screen before cleaning which does make it a little more difficult than a double hung window.

Expansive View

Unless you choose a picture window that doesn’t open, you won’t find a better or more unobstructed view than with a casement window. Because the window opens from the side, there aren’t multiple sashes like on a single, double hung or sliding window.

So Why Doesn’t Everyone Choose Casement Windows?

As great as they are and with all their advantages, it’s hard to understand why they aren’t the window of choice. There are a few downsides. First, they’re more expensive than single hung windows. Second, some people don’t like the screen on the inside of their home. Next, people are used to the look of a single or double hung window so they naturally gravitate toward them. Lastly, if you use a window unit air conditioner, these aren’t an option.

If you’re looking at your options for replacement windows, casement windows should be on you list of considerations. Windows Unlimited is happy to answer your questions about any style window and provide you with a free estimate for whichever options you’re interested in. Call us today at (703) 468-4769 or fill out our contact form.