On Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:01:19 PM UTC-4, DerbyDad03 wrote:
A few things. First, I agree, as you say, they do have screens.
I have Andersons and the screens go on the inside. You can remove
them if you like. I have most of them out and only use them
on the few windows that I regularly open.
Something no one has brought up is how they fit with the style
of the house. IMO, that is a big issue. Casement windows tend
to be used on more contemporary, modern looking houses as
opposed to say a traditional colonial. If you put them on a
colonial, I think they would look weird, out of place.
Another aspect that I think is relevant since the OP is looking
for ease of operation, IDK how all the new ones work, but the
Andersons I have rely on two latches, one about 1/4 way down
from the top, other 1/4 way up from bottom to secure the windows.
You don't have to have them fully secured all the time, but
for security, if it's winter, etc, that's how they get locked,
if you will. The crank moves them in and out and you can just
close it, but if you just do that, while it's not going to be
obvious the window is wide open, it is going to be a lot easier
to gain entrance via a pry bar, etc.
The reason I bring this up is that OP should take a look at
some in the sizes and see how easy it will be to reach the upper
lock lever. In most of mine, it's easy. But I have a couple,
eg over stairs, where it requires a stool. But then again, it
depends if you need to open those or not. Also now that mine
are 30 years old, on some of them, if you just wind it in with
the crank, one of the latches may not reach because the window
isn't quite closed enough. You have turn the crank harder to
try to pull it in another 1/4", etc and I suspect that is what
leads to some of the crank failures.
All in all, the modern double hungs that I've seen have been
very easy to operate. Nothing like the old wooden ones that
got stuck big time. I'm not sure that the opening closing is
so much of an issue. The OP should go try some at a home center
or window store to see how well they work.