Are you considering replacement windows? There is a great selection to choose from in Plano, TX. Each style comes with varied pros and cons. Fortunately, with a little research, you can easily choose the right windows for your needs. Casement windows are a great place to start. Here are a few pros and cons you should know about.
What are Casement Windows?
These windows hinge on one side and open outward. You operate them with a crank. And while they can work in any room, most homeowners prefer to place these windows above counters, sinks, and other appliances.
Advantages of Casement Windows
The pros of casement windows include:
When you look at other windows, none other can open as far as casement windows. Double hung windows only open half way, same goes for sliding windows. Casement windows open all the way because they open outward. This allows for the most light and ventilation and makes casement windows a great option for kitchen and living areas. They can even catch side breezes and funnel them into your home.
Casement windows do not need muntins (the gridlines that divide up panes of glass) for strength. If you like them for decorative reasons, we can incorporate them into the design. However, if you don’t like the gridlines, you can get casement windows without them. This will open up your view.
Because casement windows operate on a crank, you can open and close them easily with one hand. This is why many prefer to place them in hard to reach areas of the house that still require ventilation. You do not have to worry about reaching and pushing them up. They are also easy to clean and maintain.
Casement windows are difficult to break into from the outside. The locks and latches have a hook shape embedded in the frame. In contrast, with double and single hung windows all, it might take is a slim jim and some leverage to pull the lock’s screws right from the frame.
Fixed—pane windows, the ones that do not open, are the most energy efficient windows you can purchase. Second to those are casement replacement windows. When these windows close the sash locks tight against the frame. Also, if the wind blows against the window, it tightens the seal.
Disadvantages of Casement Windows
Some cons of casement windows include:
Because the entire window opens, casement windows do not come in larger widths. Larger sizes would make them too heavy and too large for operation.
No Portable A/C
Because of the way these windows operate they do not work well with portable air conditioning units. Only windows that slide up and down can accommodate these types of units.
Cannot Accommodate Other Installations
Another thing about casement windows is they cannot accommodate storm windows or other types of similar installations. While there are casement windows that open inward, this isn’t a common choice because they take up to much room.
Not Ideal for Small Children
With double—hung windows, you have the option of opening just the upper portion of the window and keeping the lower half shut. With casement windows Plano, TX, you do not have this option, and there is a greater risk of children falling out of open windows. If you do install them, you can place them higher up on the wall so small children will be safer.
Interested in learning more about casement replacement windows in Plano, TX? Call Foster Exteriors at (214) 319—8400 or visit our experts at 1350 N. Buckner Blvd. #216, Dallas, TX 75218.