Casement windows are among the easiest to recognize. In most cases, you’ll find casement windows to be vertical rectangles with a single pane of glass. They’re also less decorative than other, more traditional types of window styles such as double-hung windows, for example.
Their most distinctive feature, however, is how they operate. Instead of sliding side to side like slider windows, or up and down like hung windows, casement windows are hinged at the side and open outward or, in some rare instances, inward.
How Do Casement Windows Work?
Casement windows work by having two or more hinges along the side. Similar to door hinges, these allow for a natural 90-degree movement. An easy-to-reach lever activates multiple locks simultaneously for a secure, weather-tight seal, stick, or bind, depending on the exact model. Simpler versions have a handle that pivots up and down, activating a curved hook that secures onto the window sash. More modern types, however, have deadbolts at the top and bottom of the sash.
Older types of casement windows don’t have any levers or handles whatsoever. They work simply by pushing on them and have a pivoting bar fixed to the sash that secures to the window frame to prop it open or closed. In fact, these are the most common types of windows found throughout Europe, particularly in old, historical buildings.
In terms of framing materials used, casements work with pretty much anything including wood, steel, aluminum, vinyl, and fiberglass. Though typically, they have single-pane glass, you can customize them with a variety of glass options such as energy-efficient thermal panes with triple layers and inert gas between panes.
Modern Casement Window Designs and Hidden Benefits
While the common sight across the United States is with single- and double-hung windows, casement windows offer a more modern and streamlined aesthetic. While they can be divided into panes by using a faux muntin grid applied directly over a pane of glass, you can also opt for a wide-open and unobstructed view.
With single- and double-hung windows this is never an option as you always have the sash cutting through the middle of the window at all times. Because of this, casements have more design versatility and will always find a place in modern home styles and designs.
Another advantage they have over their counterparts is that they have a much larger opening. These types of windows will pivot out 90 degrees for easy cleaning from the inside and provide increased ventilation. Also, they will make for a great fire escape in case of emergencies.
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