What are casement windows?
Feb 13, 2018
Casement windows are a type of window that are attached to the frame by one or more hinges. They can serve as a good method for acoustic control to filter loud noises outside your home when paired with the right choice of quality glass.
Casement windows are moveable windows that have hinges or pivots at the upright side of a vertical sash which either opens in an inward or outward manner. They can either be used singularly or in pairs. Casement windows appeared long before medieval times and have greatly evolved over the years. They have been adopted all over the world with the use of different types of materials for the design and frame.
Casement windows provide excellent Ventilation For Your Home
There is no other window that can be opened as wide, or as far, as casement windows. This feature provides excellent ventilation to a room. Opening the window at the right angle allows a breeze to flow right in is all you need to allow some ventilation when needed, which makes your home cooler during hot damp days. With this feature, there is a huge advantage in reducing the use of an air cooler for ventilation, saving you money on electric consumption. You can save about £170 a year on energy bills.
Energy-Efficient Casement Windows
Since casement windows provide a better view with wide glass panes, they can serve as a substitute to light up your home. Fewer muntins provide a better view. Muntins are the strips of either wood, metal, vinyl or fibreglass that divide panes of glass within a single window. Simply draw back your curtains and let the sunshine in during the day to help brighten up any room.
Casement windows can be energy-efficient windows since they are fitted. When closing a casement window, the sash pressed tightly against its frame like a vacuum, making it difficult for air to pass through. Strong gusts of wind from outside can actually press through the glass, pushing the frame and sash closer together. This way it is very likely to conserve energy during Winter season as cold air would not be able to pass through and into your home.
Noise Reduction Casement Windows
In a busy neighbourhood, it is very common for noise pollution to disturb you in your home. Casement windows provide a reduction of noise pollution from aeroplanes, trains or buses, traffic and neighbourhood noise from dogs barking, to loud music. With the right type of quality soundproof glass and casement window design, noise pollution is reduced when the sound wave pattern is confused and dissipates, rather than enter your home. Double glazed windows have panes of the same thickness which reverberate at the same frequency, providing noise reduction at a minimum level. When the glass panes are of different thickness, this makes the glass reverberate on different frequencies, which further distorts noise, thus guaranteeing more noise reduction. Hugo Carter provides homes with a noise reduction of 35 - 55 dB, turning loud noises to a timid whisper.
What Are The Different Styles Of Casement Windows?
Conventional Range: Traditional English casement windows. The Flush Casement Window is the most common, widely used throughout history in the United Kingdom. This type of window closes tightly and creates a flat outer surface. Another, the Lipped Casement Window has the highest weather ratings. Otherwise referred as the “storm proof” window since this type of window is capable of withstanding harsh weather and storms.
Heritage Range: This range of casement windows is built with a flush finish which closes neatly with its window frame. It gives off a medieval, cottage and modest style design.
Cottage Range: Provides a cottage style or other period design. In this range, decorative lead is used to replicate the desired design. This is perfect for quaint cottages or homes with a traditional look and feel.
Tilt/Turn Range: This type opens from either the sides or the top of the window frame. Its style and design is perfect for apartments, high up windows and can also double as a fire exit or fire escape exit.
How best to determine which energy-efficient casement window is most important to your needs:
Low-E glass: Low-E also known as low emissivity glass coating is a standard clear glass that has microscopically thin, transparent coating on one side of the glass surface. Its coating is as thin as a human hair yet it is so powerful. It serves as protection which bounces off or reflects long-wave infrared energy (or heat). This is why Low-E glass can help in reducing the transfer of heat in or out of your home, so you can save energy bills.
Self-cleaning windows: Cleaning windows can be tedious work, most especially if your windows only open outwards, or are located high above, unreachable without a ladder. Self-cleaning glass is exactly what it sounds like. The glass has a Hydrophobic self-cleaning coating that cleans itself through the action of water by rolling droplets. Hydrophobic coatings, based on titania or titanium dioxide, has an added feature which can chemically break down absorbed dirt in sunlight. By installing this type of window on higher floors or on all your windows, you immediately eliminate constant cleaning, thus saving time and money.
UV Filtered Glass: According to studies, ultraviolet light is approximately 40% responsible for damages in the home and to your belongings. It is not only ultraviolet light that causes this, infrared light and other light sources also contribute to this problem. This type of glass helps by filtering ultraviolet light, infrared or other forms of light, thus reducing the transfer of both light and heat coming through the windows into your home.
Double or Triple Glazed Timber Windows: Otherwise known as insulated glass unit or IGU, they combine more than one pane of glass, trapping layers of insulating air or gas in between the inside or outside of your home. This function helps save and conserve heating or cooling energy costs greatly. Although both have the same functionality, their only difference is the number of layers used in each window. Using the triple glazed timber for your windows adds an extra resistance to condensation build-up. According to studies, energy savings can be as much as 60% more than double glazed timber windows.
Hugo Carter uses modern technology to make the very best casement windows and provides several options that would meet your home needs. With our 10-year manufacturer guarantee, you can rest assured that your windows are made from top quality materials with a service that extends after installation.