Everything You Need To Know About Casement Windows

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Casement windows have become increasingly popular over recent years, especially in the UK. They are an extremely versatile, durable and functional type of window that can be made to fit almost any height and width. Casement windows made their first appearance in the UK around the 18th century. Originally, their frames were made by blacksmiths, and they used iron. Due to the difficulty of glass manufacturing in the 18th century, the panes of glass were relatively small compared to what is used today. This is because it was less expensive and much easier to maintain. You can learn more about the history of windows here.

When woodworking became more straightforward and accessible, it was out with the old and in with the new. Timber became the king of materials for window frames for their array of benefits. Casement windows have come a long way since the 18th century. Although these types of windows are available in various materials, timber is THE material that outsells the rest - and we find out why that is further down the article.

What Are Casement Windows?

Casement windows are attached to a frame by one or more hinges, and they feature a sash that opens entirely and pushes out. There are various configurations when it comes to casement windows. Each of them is designed and integrated with the same purpose - easy and functional opening and increased security, just to name a few.

Casement windows offer truly excellent ventilation, and with their ability to open entirely, it means homeowners can make the most of natural lighting. Furthermore, they are one of the most energy-efficient style windows intended to be opened. It all comes down to the innovative design as the casement style has a strong seal on all four sides! This means as a homeowner, you can reduce your energy bills, as well as your carbon footprint.

All casement windows are push out or open out, aside from the tilt and turn windows that tilt inward and open inwards. Outward opening frames are the most common type in the UK market, however for tilt and turn windows, the frames are more common in the rest of Europe.

What Are The Different Types of Casement Windows?

Flush casement windows

Flush casement windows are an innovative window type that has become increasingly popular in a range of properties, from modern, contemporary and traditional designs. This type of window sits flush within the frame when it is fully closed, in return creating a flat, smooth surface on the outside. Having been around for centuries, it’s known that they date back to the 16th century. As they are visually appealing and great value for money, they are still a viable option for homeowners and developers for new build developments and renovation projects.

Lipped casement windows

Lipped casement windows feature a sash that slightly overlaps the frame when the window is closed. They incorporate another layer of sealing, which reduces the risk of leaking. Timber lipped casement windows especially, are naturally strong material, making it high performing and energy-efficient.  

Tilt and turn casement windows

Tilt and turn casement windows are inspired by Scandinavian design. One of their main advantages is increased ventilation. Because the window can fully open with an innovative hinge mechanism, it also makes the windows easier to clean!

Different Styles of Casement Windows

Although each casement window has the same components, there are many configuration options when it comes to choosing a style. We have highlighted a select few below:

Single Frame Casement Windows

Single frame casement windows are one of the popular types of casement windows to be installed in properties nationwide. As you pretty much guessed, these windows support a single frame, and inside the frame, there are panels of glass that are separated by wooden strips or panels.  Depending on the design used in mounting the window, they open inwardly or outwardly. Like all casement windows, they possess ventilation benefits and increase security, privacy, and durability. 

Double Casement Windows

Double casement windows, alternatively known as French casement windows, feature two windows hinged on the sides that swing outwards. They open from the centre and offer unparalleled ventilation capabilities. They’re most suited for modern properties and are incredibly easy to operate, with smooth opening and closing. Furthermore, double casement windows can bring out a large space thanks to the fact they can open fully to a 90-degree hinge angle. This provides many benefits for ventilation and letting in more light when the summer season hits. If you’re looking to add elegance, security, and functionality to your home, double casement windows just might be the style for you. 

Push Out Casement Windows

Push out casement windows are available in single and double styles, just like those described above. Unlike single frame and double casement windows, the push-out window is operated using a handle rather than a crank! Push out casement windows can be found in all types of properties because they are ideal for hard to reach areas - such as over the sink or the countertop. You simply push the window open rather than adjust the position with a crank.

The Benefits of Casement Windows

Casement windows possess an array of benefits that we’ll explore below. 

Maximum ventilation 

Because casement windows can be open top to bottom, it allows for maximum ventilation. What’s more, when the warmer weather hits, you can angle the windows however you like to allow for refreshing breezes and to help circulate air in rooms around the house.

Enhanced versatility

Casement windows are a popular choice for homeowners because of their versatility. This means they can be tailor-made to your exact requirements and style. We strongly recommend timber due to its warranty that lasts for at least 30 years, saving you money in the long run.

Energy efficient

As stated earlier, casement windows are one of the best styles in terms of energy efficiency. They are fully sealed as the window sash is firmly pressed against the frame. This ultimately creates an airtight seal when closed, keeping the cold out and warmth in! We know there are many other tasks you can undertake in the home to maximise energy efficiency, but replacing existing windows and doors is a worthwhile investment in the long term.

Easy use

Casement windows are effortless to operate, even in hard to reach spots! Its use of single-lever latches ensure the windows open and close easily, without any force or difficulty. Many casement window models can be customised to fit automatic openers, depending on your requirements.

About Dale Joinery

Dale Joinery specialises in flush casement windows where timber is sustainably sourced. We pride ourselves on creating the ultimate timber window for you. We carefully source all parts of our frame and only use the best materials to guarantee product security, quality and longevity. If you’re interested in our sustainable timber windows, please get in touch with us on 0800 030 2222, or for more inspiration, download our digital brochure or request your physical brochure online.