Casement windows make a fabulous addition to any home, including yours! Thanks to their outward, door-like hinges, they’re great for letting in both the light and some fresh air. Not to mention the great views they provide!
If you’re looking to replace a few -or even all- of your home’s windows with casement windows, there are a few things to keep in mind. You’ll want to consider the material, the direction of the hinges, and energy efficiency.
Casement Window Build Material
30 years ago, vinyl had a bad reputation, but improvements in technology have made it one of the best choices. Today, vinyl is not only the most cost-effective option, it also provides excellent insulation against the elements.
What’s more, the classic look fits the style of most any home.
Aluminum casement window frames are designed to be highly energy-efficient thanks to an extruded aluminum profile interior and exterior, connected to an insulated core between window panes.
This design was originally created for commercial high-rise buildings, and thus provides incredible protection against wind and rain. What’s more, 100% of the material is recyclable or reusable.
Aluminum’s final advantage comes from its structural versatility. Aluminum frames are available in many configurations, allowing for large windows, continuous frames, and even modular construction.
Vinyl & Aluminum Clad
Wood is an excellent build material for casement window frames. The main advantage of wood is that it resists conducting heat and moisture better than other materials.
For most homeowners, the main concern with wood frame windows is maintenance. For that reason, the most popular wood options come with a vinyl or aluminum coating. Thanks to this “cladding” you get a long-lasting product that enjoys the best of both worlds.
Casement Windows Open Outward or Inward
All casement windows are hinged on the side, but you can choose windows that open into your home, or out from it. Of course, windows that open outward are by far the most popular. This is likely because outward opening windows save interior space and help direct airflow into your home.
On the other hand, many casement window models do swing inward, which allows for easy cleaning.
Look for Energy Efficient Windows
Many casement windows are energy efficient. With more than one glass pane, the space between the glass is filled with argon gas. This creates an extra layer of protection against the elements.
Energy-efficient windows help to lower your home’s energy costs by maintaining a comfortable interior climate.
Casement windows have been a popular choice for homeowners for around 100 years. Over the decades, as technology has improved, these classic, crank-controlled windows have remained the perfect addition to modern architecture. Their ease of use, decorative quality, and easy maintenance help them to truly transform any home.
If you’ve decided to replace your home’s windows with casement windows, then it’s time to give the Torwin Team a call! Book your free consultation today and start enjoying your new windows sooner!