Whether you’re building a new home or renovating an existing one, you need to decide on the type of windows that will not only look best but will also prove to be most functional. With so many different designs in the market, this will definitely not be a simple task – unless, of course, you leave the design decisions to an architect. And while doing so won’t be such a bad idea, making and implementing your own design decisions can still make a project more fulfilling.
Casement windows are definitely not a bad place to start. But are they worth it?
In this series, we aim to help you learn more about casement windows, a popular window style preferred by many homeowners in the US. But before everything else, let’s have a look at the basics and define what casement windows are and which parts compose them.
What are casement windows?
This type of window has hinges on the side. It is characterized by its unique operation, as it needs to be opened and closed using a crank or a lever. Casement windows can open out or in, depending on the placement of the hinges. While it might be strange to have windows that open in, casement windows designed in that manner make it possible for window treatments such as shutters to be installed in the window’s outer portion. The shutter opens out while the casement window opens in.
What are the parts of a casement window?
The main parts of a casement window are as follows:
- Hinge assembly– the system that allows the window pane to swing open and close
- Hinge tracks– the tracks in which the hinge assembly moves along
- Locking handles–assist with the easy opening and shutting of the window
- Operators (cranks or levers) – supplement the ease in opening and closing the window
- Frame–the combination of head, jambs, and sill; practically the window’s backbone
- Glass–the sheet of glass within the window frame
The parts may differ in appearance according to the design of the casement window, but the functions will usually be the same for all types of casement windows.
Now that you’re familiar with the basic description of a casement window, you’ll likely be interested in how these windows compare with other types. In Part II of this post, we’ll go into a brief discussion of the other types of windows which are common in the market today.