Casement windows are becoming very popular, and are being used as replacement windows all over Huntington Beach, CA, but why? What are casement windows, and what can they offer you and your home?
Casement windows are built with a flat pane of glass with a hinge on the side. They swing open horizontally with a hand crank on the windowsill, as opposed to standard double hung windows that open vertically. Casement replacement windows are popular because they offer a wide range of benefits like:
- Weatherproof – Casement replacement windows are very weatherproof. They have a strong locking mechanism that’s ideal for keeping wind, rain and other weather out of the home. Also, since they only have one pane of glass rather than two, you don’t have to worry about gaps in glass where air can pass through as you would with a double hung window. These tighter seals not only make your home more comfortable in temperature, but also can also make your home more energy efficient and reduce your energy spending.
- Clear Views – Most double hung windows have muntons, or grid lines blocking the view. Casement windows don’t have these lines, making them ideal for clear views of the outdoors from inside your home.
- Ventilation – Double hung windows can only be opened halfway. Casement windows, however, can be fully opened to allow more fresh air and cool breezes into your home for better ventilation. Casement replacement windows are ideal for allowing side breezes into your home, as thy act as funnels for air that passes by your home. This is especially true if you live in a crowded area or there is not much space between your home and your neighbor’s home.
- Better Security – Casement windows offer much better security than other kinds of windows, making them ideal if you are nervous about break-ins. Casement windows are sealed into their sashes on all four sides when they are locked, making them much more secure than other windows. Casement windows also have hook shaped locks that embed into the frame, making it much more difficult for someone to pry open the window from the outside.
But, it’s important to keep in mind that there are some instances in which casement windows are not the right choice. For example, casement windows are not a good idea if you have small children. Since casement windows open all the way, small children could potentially fall out. If you have casement windows and small children in your home, be sure to put in screens and childproof locks to protect against falls.
Casement windows also cannot accommodate window air conditioners, as there is nothing in the window mechanism to hold the air conditioning unit in place. So, if you need a window air conditioner, you should stick with double hung windows as their dual sash design helps to hold the air conditioner in place.
If you want to learn more about casement replacement windows and if they’re right for your home, just reach out to Can-Do Windows & Doors. We offer expert Huntington Beach, CA replacement window services.