Have you ever wondered what casement window options were available?
According to wikopedia, The definition of a window is “… an opening in an otherwise solid, opaque surface through which light and air can pass. ” By definition, this includes the early windows which didn’t have any protection from the wind or rain. Early windows used shutters to protect the inside of the house from the elements. Modern windows may have be single, dual, or triple paned.
Replacing Casement Windows in Older Homes is a Good Investment
There are may different window styles, those more common today which are usually dictated by the weather conditions common to the area. Coastal climates, with stronger winds, tend to have smaller outward-opening windows while inland areas tend to have larger windows, with commonly open inwards.
* Replacement Windows: is a framed window designed to slip inside the original window frame from the inside after the old sashes are removed
* New Construction Windows: a window with a nailing fin designed to be inserted into a rough opening from the outside before applying siding and inside trim.
Common window styles are:
* Double-hung Sash Window: a Vertical style window with two parts (sashes) which overlap slightly and slide up and down inside the frame.
* Single-hung Sash Window: one sash is movable and the other fixed.
* Horizontal Sliding Sash Window: has two or more sashes that overlap slightly but slide horizontally within the frame. If there are 3 part, the center typically is a fixed panel.
* Casement Windows: An outward-opening window with either side-hung, top-hung, or combination of sash types. Often they have fixed panels on one or more sides of the sash. These are opened using a crank, by friction stays, or espagnolette locking.
* Tilt: a window which can open inwards at the top or can open hinged at the side.
* Jalousie Window: A window comprising many slats of glass that open and close like a Venetian blind usually using a crank.
* Skylight: A flat, sloped, or bubble window built into a roof structure for daylighting.
* Bay Windows: A multipanel window, with at three sections set at different angles to create an expanded area for shelving/sitting while allowing more light into the room that a flat window. The window creates a “seat board”, a small seating area or shelf often used for plants or items that would take up floor space. A bay window may be rectangular, polygonal or arc shaped. If arc-shaped it is a bow window.
* Bow Windows: a type of Bay window, but arc shaped with four or more glass sections to simulate a rounded appearance.
* Fixed: A window that cannot be opened. A non-opening window is sometimes called a “light” because its function is limited to allowing light to enter without any outside air.
* Picture Windows: A very large fixed window in a wall, which provides an unimpeded view “as if framing a picture”.
Classic windows styles:
* Clerestory: A fixed, vertical window set in a roof structure or high in a wall, used for daylighting. You’ll see these in the old churches around the world, like Notre Dame. Clerestory lights are any rows of windows above eye level for providing light.
* Oriel: Projects from the wall, and were originally a form of a porch. Often seen on upper stories of older buildings. Often supported by brackets, or by corbels (a type of architectural bracket), they do not reach the ground. These are the rounded columnar windows you see on older buildings.
* Palladian: A large arched window which is divided into three parts. The center section is larger than the two side sections. Renaissance and classical architecture often have Palladian windows.
Casement Doors and Windows - Enhancing the Looks of Your Home
Casement windows are very popular, especially in areas that are windy. These windows have cranks that swing open the window outwards seal off tighter than other types when the winds blow towards your home and the tight sealing is advantageous because it offers the efficiency and stability to your home. There are a number of reasons why most people prefer the casement windows for their home and they include the following.
They are harder to break into
If you are thinking security for your home, then you probably should be thinking casement windows. This is because they have locks that are hook shaped and the hooks are usually embedded within the window frame thereby leaving them untouchable. This is especially the case when comparing with double hung windows which offer easy access because a slim bar can be slipped under the sash and opened by lifting the lock screws out of the frame. Casement windows discourage unauthorized entries because they are a little tedious to open.
There are so many things that you ought to consider when choosing the best windows for your home and the design is one of those factors that you really cannot forget. Casement windows do come with the advantages, but you should also look at the disadvantages so that you are able to make an informed choice you will not regret.
What is the Best Type of Replacement Windows on the Market?
I have been getting quite a few emails from homeowners wanting to know how to replace their old steel casement windows. Those are the type with the handle that you crank and the window opens outward. My instructional video didn't cover these windows, so I am going to dedicate two articles to this subject. This first article will cover the removal procedure and measuring for your vinyl windows. Next week I will go over the installation procedure.
The first thing you need to do is order your vinyl replacement windows. You can't remove the old windows until you have the new windows. So, let's start with a single casement window, no fixed panels. Crank the window open from inside and you will see a metal lip approximately 1/2" wide extending from your drywall on all four sides. This part of the frame stays in place, so the new window is going to fit inside those lips. So, to get your width dimension, measure left to right from lip to lip, then subtract 1/4" to get in. Do the same for the height. Let's say you measure 35 3/8" width and 38 3/8" on the height lip to lip. You would order your new window 35 1/8" X 38 1/8". If you live out west, where retrofit frames are available, you want to order the retrofit style frame. In parts of the country where only replacement style frames are available, you will have to add trim to the outside after you have installed the window.
Next week I am going to explain the two types of installation procedures, whether you install retrofit or replacement style frames.