Add Attractive Functionality with Casement Windows
Casement windows offer several solid benefits, from allowing additional air flow to adding a distinctive detail to your home. This classic style of crank-opened window has been in use since the 18th century, and it remains popular today.
Casement windows work well when mixed and matched with other styles of windows, are extremely secure, and are known for their energy efficiency. We carry all the current leading brands of casement windows, and our knowledgeable staff can answer any questions you have about casement windows or other window styles. Contact us today to learn more, or to request a free estimate.
What Is a Casement Window?
A casement window has hinges at the side and is opened and shut by using a hand crank. Double casement windows are when two of these windows are placed next to each other. Instead of the window glass moving side-to-side or up-and-down within a sash or frame, casement windows swing open outward, much like a door. They offer significant ventilation because of the way they open wide without any obstructions to block airflow but are also terrifically weatherproof when closed due to their robust seals.
Features of a Casement Window
- Tall and narrow, often with two windows installed side-by-side
- Pivots outward on a hinge, like a door
- Opens outward 90 degrees
- Allows maximum air flow
- Operates with a hand crank
- Rated highly for security
- Tough, refrigerator-like seals
- Better insulation due to limited moving parts
- Many energy-saving options
At J&M Windows and Glass, our team of experts can help you select the casement windows that look and work the best in your home. Contact us today for details.
Casement Windows vs. Double-Hung Windows
Double-hung windows, also called double-sash windows, have top and bottom sashes that open with an up-and-down sliding motion. Both sashes can be opened, and the window tilted to allow increased air flow or for cleaning. By contrast, casement windows are attached with hinges on one side and are cranked open outward. Both styles of window can provide excellent ventilation because they offer substantial unobstructed air flow.
Pros and Cons of Casement Windows
Casement windows offer several notable benefits:
- Ventilation and Air Flow – Because casement windows open completely outward, similarly to a door, they provide tremendous ventilation and air flow.
- Quality Insulation – Casement windows lack very many moving parts aside from the hinge, so they’re more resistant to leaks and drafts. When closed, the seal around these windows works very efficiently.
- Easy to Clean – Since casement windows open outward in one piece, it’s much easier to reach the outside of the window to do cleaning.
Although casement windows have many benefits, there are also some drawbacks:
- Difficult to Adjust – While this style of window is easy to open and close, it doesn’t offer many angled options for leaving the window open. Casement window stays may help with this.
- Expense – Although they’re arguably worth the extra spend, casement windows tend to be more costly than other styles of window.
Contact Us for Your Casement Windows
J&M Windows and Glass, Inc., has been providing casement windows in the San Jose, CA, area for many years. Our staff is well-qualified, trained, and certified, and we make it a point to work with leading manufacturers. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you with your glass and mirror needs.