Replacement casement windows in Clarendon Hills will generally open outwards on a rotating handle controlled hinges, thus distinguishing them from their close rivals sash windows. In general, this category of windows will offer a considerable amount of light penetration as well as viewing space. However, while the handle can easily open and close the window with little to no pushing or pulling, locating and choreographing the handle can be a little awkward and tricky, especially when you install blinds on your window openings.
What Determines the Best Replacement Casement Windows in Clarendon Hills ?
Some of the items you would want to give serious consideration when choosing replacement windows include the type of materials used, effectiveness, and ease of installation. While cost is always the first major consideration many people would make, when choosing the most ideal casement replacement windows, you might want to give effectiveness precedence over cost.
Effectiveness can to a large extent be influenced by the building material that has been used. For instance, vinyl replacement windows are usually affordably priced than their steel counterparts, but the early versions of the same often presented a myriad of problems including insulation and leakage. Thanks to technological advancements though, the quality and grade of vinyl has significantly improved over time such that insulation and leakage have become a minimal concern among homeowners today.
The other common type of these window materials are wood clad, aluminum, steel, and fiberglass. Generally, metal will conduct heat and moisture, meaning they will not be the best of insulators out there. Vinyl, fiberglass, and wood insulate very well, with wood topping the list of the best insulator. On the flip side of the coin though, wood may rot over time once the paint starts to crack. So when looking for wood clad replacement windows, you might want to go for those with a vinyl covering to ensure the unit is durable and maintenance-free.
Replacing Steel Casement Windows
The other important consideration or rather, the other thing that determines the best replacement casement windows is the ease of installation plus the cosmetic appearance of the finished product. These are two major considerations that will help guide you to the right direction. Back to the materials used, you will find that vinyl windows are easier to install compared to their metal or wood counterparts, because of the simple fact that vinyl has more give.
On the flip side of the coin, if you want to have a natural rustic appearance once the window installation in Clarendon Hills is done, and then wood will be your best bet, followed closely by the appearance of manufactured window materials. For instance, vinyl products are available in a variety of color and shades, meaning you will always be assured of consistency should any chips or breakage occur.
A Look at Types of Replacement Windows
It goes without saying that timber sash windows are among the most popular styles for UK homes. Here's some information about these and other styles of windows available to UK homeowners.
Double hung windows: Very common in the UK and USA, this type of timber sash window consists of 2 sashes (glass panes in wooden frames) that slide up and down and past each other in a vertical track in the window frame. Sliding sash windows may also have a rope-pulley-and-counterweight system (older models) or a spring balance (newer models) that assists in operating the window. A window is said to be double hung if both panes are capable of sliding in the frame.
Double hung tilt windows: A significant improvement over standard double hung windows, at least as far as cleaning is concerned. In this type of window, one sash can be removed via a tilt mechanism for cleaning from the inside, eliminating the need to clean the window from the outside.
Awning windows: These wooden sash windows are hinged along the top sash and tilts out to open via a crank mechanism. Screens fit the window from the inside. They can be left open in wet weather with no worry of rain getting in. A variant known as a hopper window is hinged on the lower sash and tilts in to open.
Jalousie windows: Resembling a venetian blind, these windows consist of a series of narrow panes that open and close as a group when the crank is operated.
The windows are an important part of any UK home. Although timber sash windows are most common, there are a variety of others from which to choose when shopping for replacements.
Casement Replacement Windows: Wooden Versus Vinyl
A very important part of every house is the fenestration, which means the selection, size, and arrangement of the types of house windows. Windows do much for the exterior appearance of a house and can make a room livable or intolerable, depending on where they are placed and how they operate.
There are three general types of windows: those that slide up and down, those that slide sidewise, and those, called casements, that are hinged at the side and swing out or in.
The ancient and honorable double-hung windows that slide up and down have many things in their favor. They are weather tight, if properly installed, they operate easily, and they are not expensive. The ones that are fitted with weights and cords that run over ball-bearing pulleys are the most satisfactory.
So-called sash balances of various kinds are on the market, which seem to work rather well, especially when they are new; these work on the principle of winding and unwinding a spring. Be sure the windows are sufficiently counterbalanced in some way so that they operate freely and easily.
Windows that swing in or out have a few advantages, but they tend to be in the way. Those that swing out are easier to make weatherproof, and are usually less in the way than those that swing in. When you hinge a window at the side or at the top and can open it wide, you getthe full size of the opening for fresh air, but when you open a sliding window you get only half the opening for air circulation.
If a window is mostly for ventilation, then the casement (hinged) type will be more effective. But casement windows are not noted for their tight fit and ability to exclude dust, water, or cold. Although weather stripping often is helpful in making them tighter, it can also make them more difficult to operate.
Well-chosen types of house windows will greatly enhance the beauty of your home.
Anderson Window Replacement
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.