Homeowners these days have a multitude of choices when it comes to replacement windows. However, while there are plenty of great windows, sometimes the simplest one remains the best option. This is certainly true of casement windows.
Casement windows are perhaps the most commonly known window type, which are commonly equipped with a hinge on the sides and opened by pushing outward (or inward with some models). There are many reasons to install casement windows.
Open All the Way
One of the major functions of a window is ventilation. And perhaps the biggest advantage to installing a casement window is that you can open it all the way, allowing you to maximize airflow into your home. If maximum air flow is important to you, then installing this type of window is certainly advantageous.
Funnel the Breeze
Given the way a casement window opens, it effectively funnels the breeze into your home. This is especially useful if your home is not optimally located to catch the wind or if neighboring homes are so close that they impede airflow. Moreover, the additional air circulation can potentially lower your energy bills, as they work with your air conditioning system in cooling your home.
Of course, windows also perform another very important role: keeping your home safe. Other type of windows can easily be opened by slipping a pry bar between the sashes. On a casement window, however, the lock is embedded into the frame, so the latch is virtually impenetrable from the outside.
Other window types often sport hardware called muntins, wooden frames within the frame that divide each of the window's glass tiles. While some people favor this feature for its aesthetics, those with minimalist tastes can find their design too busy and distracting. Luckily, casement windows commonly have no muntins, an absence that provides an unobstructed view of the outside environment and unimpeded glass.
Windows are an important architectural feature that can add style and function to your Miami home. When it’s time to replace your current ones, casement windows are worth serious consideration. If you want to know more about them, be sure to contact a trusted contractor who installs windows.
Casement Windows: 4 Good Things About Them, homerenovations.about.com
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