One thing that I loved about my house when we bought it three years ago was the greenhouse in the yard. I knew that it needed a lot of work, but knew that I would eventually get around to making the repairs and would have a wonderful greenhouse to spend my free time in. I had to do some research to find out about replacing the glass panels that had been broken over the years. I wanted to be sure that the glass I was installing wasn't going to stop the sun's nutrients from reaching the plants and that the glass would be durable and last for many years. If you are building or repairing a greenhouse, visit through my blog to learn all about the glass that should be used.
Casement windows have two horizontally parallel panes that have hinges. A crank allows you to fully open or close both of the panes together. Casement windows are popular in kitchens or bathrooms where space is at a premium, but there are other benefits to installing casements if you are on the market for replacement windows and in need of a change.
Here are a few of the pros – and potential cons – of casement window installation in your home.
Pro: More Energy Efficient than Double-Hung
Double-hung windows are the most common type found in homes: two vertically parallel panes where the lower pane lifts up and over the rigid upper pane. The windows overlap a bit even when the lower pane is closed so double-hung windows aren't always the most airtight option.
Casement windows are more airtight, which means casements can also be more energy efficient than double-hung. Energy efficiency does depend on more than just the window style, however.
Casement windows are equally efficient with either wood or vinyl frames with the latter tending to be a bit more affordable and lower maintenance.
Pro: Easy Cleaning and Opening
The full open or close of the casement windows makes it easy to clean both sides of the glass. There won't be any creases or overlapping areas where dirt can become trapped when the windows are closed for a long period of time over the winter.
Hand cranking the windows is also easier for those with less upper body strength or chronic pane issues. Double-hung windows can be quite heavy, especially when they start to stick after those months of being unused, and you might find yourself having to wait for someone else to come home so you can have the windows opened.
Con: No Window Air Conditioners
If you need window air conditioners throughout your home to keep you cool during the summer, casement windows aren't going to be the best choice.
Window air conditioners use the frame of a window for most of its support, which requires the window to have the ability to both partly open and maintain a rigid frame. Casement windows don't meet those qualifications and would simply dump the window unit on the ground.
Before you decide whether casement windows are right for you, discuss your needs and preferences with your window installation contractor. There may be other issues specific to your home that decide whether casements are a good fit.