Openable Casement Windows

A casement window simply put is a window that is attached to the frame on the side by two or more hinges or on the top and bottom with rachet stays. It has a classic but simple design and forms a tight seal when we close them because of their hinged sashes which press against the frames. This helps to prevent the loss of heat and air leaks and makes the window completely air and water tight since there is no gap between the window frame and the sash. Due to this feature casement windows are highly energy efficient and help in reducing your indoor cooling and heating thereby helping in the regulation of energy consumption.

Casement windows are the most common architectural component for living rooms, bedrooms and other rooms where you want an expansive view. These windows offer top to bottom unobstructed views, structural integrity and wide open ventilation. They are hinged on the side so the sash swings outward either left or right depending on your needs. 

Key characteristics of openable casement windows:

Whole Opening

Casements can be opened much further than any other type, since the entire window can be swung open. This can be compared to the following types of windows.
Double-hung style: the whole window cannot be opened only the upper or lower half can be open at any one time.

Sliding only one side of the window can be opened with this type of window.

Fixed these windows cannot be opened at all.

Casement windows are a popular choice, especially if the size of the window opening is important.

Harder for Break-ins/More difficult for Break-ins

Casement windows feature a hook shaped, embedded casement lock which is very inaccessible to someone outside and thus makes the window very difficult to break into.
In comparison the double-hung style of window can be opened quite easily by lifting the sash using a long object such as a pry bar.

Maximum Ventilation

The fact that the entire window can be opened allows for maximum ventilation. Furthermore, wind which blows sideways along the property wall will find it difficult to penetrate, thus creating a lack of ventilation. Since casements have an opening sash they can essentially direct the wind into the house which can be especially useful if you have any windows directly facing another building with very little space in between.

Opening & Closing

Casements are easy to open and close due to their single leaver or tandem latches, and they can even be enhanced by fitting automatic openers.

Disadvantages / Unsafe

The large window opening can be dangerous at high levels, since the gap is typically sufficient for small person or child to crawl out of and therefore poses a risk for families with young children.

Incompatibility with Air Conditioning

Casements typically do not cater well for air-conditioning units since they open outwards, especially when compared to other types such as sliding windows.

Size Limitations

Casements are designed to open outwards which means the opening needs to be strong enough to support the window. This places limits on how large a casement can be without placing unnecessary strain on the window opening.

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