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.
Casement Windows 101: A Window on the World
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.
Reasons to Use Casement Windows
One of the most important steps of choosing replacement windows is deciding what type of wood or vinyl windows you would like to have. A large part of this decision is convenience and aesthetics, but it isn't the only factor to consider. Where the window will go and the amount of space you have also makes a significant difference in the style you choose.
Casement, Single, And Double-Hung Replacement Windows
One of the most common types of windows, casement-style vinyl windows, adds a contemporary feel to your home with its single sash. This can open out, to the right, or left. These are best known for their wider view allowing more natural light to come in, providing better visibility from the home.
Usually in wood, double hung varieties are often found in older homes. They add a more traditional feel to the home. You can find them in wider widths than casement styles, and can often use a single double hung instead of two casements. Many people select this style because optional ornamentation makes them as much of a delight inside the home as outside. Single-hung versions can only open upwards.
Replacement windows are generally chosen for price, but style should also receive careful consideration. Vinyl windows can change the interior and exterior appearance of your home. They can increase the amount of light the interior of your home receives, increase its ventilation, and even add beauty with specialty finishes, colors, and ornamentation. When you consider all of these factors, you will be able to enjoy a home that is both comfortable, and beautiful.
Characteristics Of Casement Windows
While bay and bow windows are similar in some ways and often confused as being the same by many people, they each have interesting unique advantages over one another. Before shopping for a bay or bow, it is a good idea to do some research to gain an understanding of the inherent differences between them.
The bay and bow windows provide a much wider view to the outdoors than could be achieved by a flat window. This is possible because both styles project outward from the walls to allow for a better arc of visibility. If a person is standing close enough to the bay or bow, they will be able to view a 180 degree arc outside. For this reason, bays and bows are often used on walls where great views are available. Also, because of the way these windows project out from the wall, they are often used to give the impression that the room is bigger than it actually is. A large bay or bow window can project out a foot or more from an existing wall giving the whole room a more spacious feel.
The differences between the bay and bow window can be summarized as follows: the bay is a more angular design with a larger unobstructed view than the bow; the bow is a more gently curving window which offers the possibility of better ventilation than the bay should casement, double, or single hung windows be selected as an option.