My wife wanted casements, I wanted double-hung because of the
cosmetics. and casements having cranks that can fail.
After seeing how the windows would look, we went with casements.
We got more light with casements.
Vinyl windows, I don't know the brand.
They are all have screens.
After 9 years one crank window (out of 13) sometimes needs assistance
to reach the latching point. Appears to sag a bit when left open for
a few days.
We don't open them often, fair summer weather only.
Sliders were installed in the basement, and they take more strength
to open, although not an excessive amount.
As far as breezes go, the windows are mostly installed in pairs, and
swing out in opposite directions, so opening one does the trick.
You actually get more air when the wind hits them, as it "catches"
the breeze and channels it inside the house.
With double-hungs you only get half of the window space open, so
they're not as good at ventilating.
One thing that I keep my eye on is high winds. I close the windows
because I feel it puts too much strain on the mechanisms.
That's for high winds only, say 30mph gusts.
So it really depends on house style and quality of the windows.
I'm happy with the casement style. Didn't think I would be, growing
up with double-hungs. But the quality is there.
Casement windows provide the maximum amount of open space. Single hung,
double hung or sliding windows will provide no more than - less than,
actually - 50% of the window area when open.
I've never seen or heard of a casement window opening inward; no reason why
they can't though. The ones that open vertically I call "awning" or
"hopper" windows depending upon whether they hinge at the top or bottom of
the panes. I especially like the top hinged ones as they can be left open
when raining unless the rain is being blown nearly horizontally.
Generally, casements only open 90 degrees which means there needs to be
space for the open window. It also means they can be opened to catch and
divert a breeze.
Casements will generally seal tighter when closed as opposed to other types.
Casements are generally more expensive.
Some casements use rather cheaply made cranks which can fail; however, they
are easily replaceable if need be.
Around here, most all "hung" windows are single hung. The operating
mechanism with which I am familiar is a spring affair in each side track;
that device can and does get out of whack requiring replacement or
adjustment. It also affords a way to easily remove and/or tilt the bottom
sash; the top sash is fixed. With double hung, both sashes are moveable
whhich means they the top sash is more easily cleaned; very useful for 2nd
If the casements you are looking at doesn't include screens then maybe
you should look elsewhere. We have all casements that open out (like a
double door), the screens are on the inside and easily removed for
cleaning the screens as well as the inside of the windows. Modern
casements are every bit as good as double hung and even have optional
fold away cranks so they don't interfere with curtains or blinds.
replying to John, LolaR wrote:
I have a casement windows that I purchased from Heritage Home Design . There are
actually a lot of benefits in using casement windows. They can be fully opened
compared to other windows like double hung and fixed windows. They have fewer
muntins, muntins are strips of wood or metal that divides panes of glass within
a single window. Casement windows has an open sash that can funnel the breeze
into your house They are very difficult to break into.Casement locks are hook
shaped and these hooks are embedded within the frame making them very hard to
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