When looking at new windows, a lot of San Diego homeowners tend to overlook casement windows. They opt instead for popular styles like single hung windows and single sliders. Both of those are great options, but casement windows have some unique features that homeowners should definitely consider.
What Are Casement Windows and What Are Their Benefits?
First of all, we should explain what casement windows are, for those who don’t know. Casement windows are windows that are hinged on one side, and open outward like a door. They typically have a crank mechanism that allows the window to open and close.
One of the main benefits of casement windows is that they let in a large amount of fresh air. Since the entire window opens up wide, it’s almost like opening a door. A tensioning device holds the window open, so it can’t be blown shut by a strong breeze.
Another benefit is the unobstructed view this type of replacement window provides. Unlike other styles of windows, there is no strip dividing the window. Single and double hung windows have a horizontal strip dividing the two sashes, while single and double sliders have a vertical strip that partially blocks your view of the outdoors.
Where Should You Have a Casement Window Installed?
Casement windows are great for pretty much any room in your home, but are especially useful in rooms that tend to get stuffy, since they are ideal for letting in fresh air. People also choose to put them in rooms with a nice view of the outdoors.
Casement windows also look great in any style of home—from traditional to modern.
Where Are Places You Wouldn’t Want a Casement Window Installed?
Since casement windows swing out 90 degrees, you want to make sure there is nothing on the outside of your home that would obstruct their opening. Otherwise, you won’t be able to take advantage of their main benefit—increased airflow.
You also need to take into consideration the fact that casement windows have their screens on the inside of the window. If you have pets that like to look out the window and sometimes put their paws up to the window, you wouldn’t want to have a screen there that would get damaged. So maybe don’t put a casement window behind your couch or anywhere else that your pet could have easy access to it.
Finally, you can’t put a casement window in a very large opening. Casement windows have a limit to the size they can be, due to the way they operate. If you want an unobstructed view in a large space, you would have to go with a picture window instead.
Overall, casement windows are a great choice for San Diego homeowners who are looking to replace their windows. When a team member from BM Windows comes to your home for your consultation, he or she can explain more about the different types of windows we sell and help you choose the best styles for your particular home. Contact us to schedule your free consultation today!