Casement windows offer full top to bottom ventilation, opening outward to the left or right to allow fresh air inside. Because they open easily, casement windows are a great choice above kitchen sinks or anywhere your window requires a reach.
When you decide to make the switch to new, energy-efficient windows you have many options to choose from and depending on the application for the window, you can make an informed choice. Generally, when you purchase new windows, you seek the good counsel from a windows and doors consultant like us at Elite Window & Door Solutions. We work with Elite Windows and Doors and they supply all our products for installation – and they are a Canadian company that has been in business for a number of years, supplying quality products at a fair price.
Before we can extol the virtues of a particular window, we need to tell you about the window, why it may be a good fit for your home, and what the advantages are for a specific window. Remember too, that you can install different windows in different places in your home for decorative effect or a specific application that will meet the needs of your home.
A casement window is attached to the frame with one or more hinges and they are hinged at the side of the window and the hinge is attached to the frame. The construction of the window can be a single or a double window inside a common frame and they are hinged on the outside.
Casement windows open with a casement stay, if the window is hinged at the top of the window it is called an awning window and if the window is hinged at the bottom it is called a hopper.
The window opens with a crank mechanism, a lever or a handle that is positioned at the bottom of the window that makes it easier to access to turn to open the window. If the window opens out, it will be equipped with a crank, stay or friction hinge to keep the window steady in the wind. The glass in the frame is secured in a rabbeted frame and sealed with putty around the edges to provide and airtight seal in the compartment. In general, casement windows are rated as the lowest air leakage window on the market because they seal shut by pressing against the frame in comparison with sliding windows.