From giving you spectacular views to illuminating even the dingiest of nooks, the right window type can do a lot to bring your dream home to life. But while picture and shaped windows can add dramatic flair, sometimes all you need is a simple pane setup to get the most out of your surroundings.
From their unassuming style to their ventilation convenience, there’s something timeless about casement window setups. Not only are they highly versatile, but with the right pane arrangement, they can be very aesthetically pleasing.
But while they’re a strong all-around choice, that doesn’t mean they’re the right window choice for your next home project. So, to help you see if this style is right for your home, we’re going to explain what casement windows are and the different casement window types you can choose from.
Despite their modern aesthetic, casement windows are actually one of the oldest styles of window in the UK, yet they’ve remained popular all this time due to their ability to fit in with just about any home aesthetic.
In their simplest form, a casement window can be defined as any type of window that is hinged at the side, top, or bottom, allowing it to be opened to a reasonable degree for ventilation purposes.
When it comes to this window type, the following five styles are the most common:
Naturally, all of these window types can be used in your home and stylised to your preferences, and it’s not uncommon to see multiple casement window types used in tandem with each other.
It goes without saying that any type of window can dramatically affect the look of your home, and nowhere is this more apparent than with casement-style windows. They can be arranged in practically any setup and make use of a range of different frame materials, such as slim and durable aluminium.
To be frank, with so many configuration choices and type combos for you to choose from, the number of window setups you can choose from is practically endless. On top of this, you can also consider adding Georgian bars for that traditional window look or astragal bars if you’re feeling more modern.
In many cases, the size and layout of your rooms will determine the window arrangement you choose. So, to make sure you’re styling a window that suits your home, it’s best to speak to your window provider about what window types they offer, and how complex a setup they can install.
Thanks to their flexibility and commonality, casement windows can work in practically any room. However, they’re often best served in rooms you want to ventilate, or that look over your garden so you can appreciate it during the summer months.
As a result, bedrooms and kitchens are always excellent choices for casement-style windows, as a breeze of fresh air can do wonders to remove persistent smells and revitalise the room. But other good candidates also include conservatories and living rooms, letting you gently ventilate these well-used spaces on hot days.
As with any type of window, there are pros and cons to installing casement windows in your home. Below are the most common advantages and disadvantages associated with this window type.
As we’ve mentioned numerous times, the major advantage this window type has over others is their sheer flexibility. And this doesn’t just cover their installation setups.
With materials like aluminium, timber, and uPVC to choose from, you’ll have little trouble getting the right style for your home.
But the bonuses don’t stop there. Casement windows are also some of the most energy-efficient windows on the market, helping to keep your house warm and cosy all year round. Combine this with tough double-glazing and lock options and security is never an issue.
And if you’re feeling lazy, you can even get casement windows with a built-in crank that you can use to open them at your leisure.
Of course with the above advantages comes a few disadvantages as well.
For one thing, they are limited in maximum size due to their ability to open. The weight of the glass must be taken into consideration to ensure everything stays in working order, and that the hinge is strong enough to support it. So, if you want a wide panorama view, you might want to consider picture windows instead.
On top of this, casement windows are not compatible with external screens or storm windows, so they’re not ideal in locations with regular adverse weather conditions.
And there you have it, that’s everything you need to know about casement windows. Chances are you’re going to find somewhere in your home where this window type is perfectly suited, meaning all that’s left is to get in touch with a provider to discuss your plans.
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And in the meantime, you can find out more about other window types and home renovation ideas in our blog, like our article explaining what a picture window is.