Casement Windows vs Double Hung Windows
Casement Windows offer Key Advantages over Double Hung Windows
By: Mark J. Donovan
Double hung windows and casement windows are very popular in residential home
building. Both window styles are available in a wide variety of shapes and
sizes, and are made from a number of materials including wood, metal and vinyl.
Each has their unique pros and cons, however in a head to head comparison
between casement windows vs double hung windows I would say double hung windows
win out. Certainly I see more double hung windows installed in new homes today
than casement windows. This said, summarized below are the key advantages and
disadvantages of installing casement windows.
Casement Windows vs Double Hung Windows and Air Flow
Casement windows, a.k.a. crank out windows, have a few key advantages over double hung windows. First,
casement windows are hinged on the side and thus open sideways. As a result,
casement windows actually open up more than double hung windows, thus allowing
more air to enter the home. With double hung windows effectively only half of
the overall window can ever be opened up.
In addition, because casement windows
open up at acute angles to the home they can better capture breezes, like a ram
vent, and therefore funnel more air into the home. On the contrary, only if a
breeze is perpendicular to an open double hung window will a breeze enter the
Contrasting Breaking into Casement Windows vs Double Hung
Because casement window locking mechanisms have a hooked system that is imbedded
into the side of the window frame they are more difficult to break into, at
least without having to break the window.
|Breaking into double hung windows, on the other hand is much
easier. All that is required is to slide a slim pry bar between the upper
and lower window sashes and pull up on the locking mechanism until the
locking screws give way.
Casement Windows versus Double Hung Windows and Cleaning
Cleaning casement windows can be a bit difficult, particularly if there are
non-adjacent casement windows. This said, if the casement window is opened to
the appropriate angle, and the screen is removed, you can usually reach around
to the outside of the window to clean it.
Photo by Mark Donovan
Cleaning the outside of double hung windows is typically easier to do,
particularly if the double hung windows are constructed with a tilt in design on
Double Hung Window vs Casement Window Replacement
Double hung windows are typically easier to replace than casement windows. In
many cases, double hung window sashes can be replaced without having to remove
the old window frame. Casement windows on the other hand typically require the
removal of the entire old window.
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