What is a Casement Window?
A casement window is a hinged window that opens and closes like a book and can swing either in or out depending on the model. A casement window consists of a basic frame, hinges, and a crank that allows you to open and shut the window. There are multiple styles of casement windows but all operate in essentially the same way.
A typical casement window can either be hinged on the left or right side and opens to the outside. A French style casement has two separate panes and is hinged on both sides, opening in the center. Awning style casements are hinged on the top rather than at the side and open out from the bottom. Casement style windows were once much more popular than they are today, although they are still extremely useful.
Advantages of Casement Style Windows
Although the casement style is no longer as popular as it once was, there are still many great advantages to this window style such as the way it handles drafts. It is versatile enough to be appropriate for use in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and other areas of the home. It is very affordable and buyers can get great values for their dollar when they select this style of window. And although there are in swinging styles available, the models that swing outward are much more popular, because they help conserve inside space and do not require clearance around the panes for their operation.
Casement style windows can be installed individually or in groups. They are great for use above cabinets or countertops, or areas where sliders would be hard to open and shut because the crank is easy to operate with an extension handle. This style of window is great in the awning configuration because it can be opened in the rain.