Casement Windows or Sash Windows? Which is best for your home?

Anyone with a sense of style will agree that the two main choices when it comes to windows are either casement windows or sash windows. In the past the windows have been hung in a single style which meant they were used with a system of pulleys and weights which allowed the lower half of the window to slide up and down. In recent years, another version of the sash window has become very popular: the double hung. Due to these developments, the higher pane of glass can be lowered and the bottom pane of glass can be raised. The double hung windows are not only perfect for children’s rooms for safety reasons but are ideal for ventilation also. They are even easy to clean as access to the outside pane is relatively easy.

There are, as always some disadvantages to sash windows when compared to casement windows. The frames are plastic, as are most of the internal clips and other parts. General wear and tear will often mean that the upper part of the window will not stay up because the interior parts have become worn. Since there are so many different brands of these windows on the market, finding replacement parts – and someone qualified to make the repairs – can be challenging. In addition, most of these windows have dual panes of glass, separated by air space that contains gases. If the seal around the windows is broke then the windows will allow condensation which will result in the windows looking foggy.

What other choices are there? Casement windows are one solution. They use a crank mechanism and are fixed on hinges that allows them to open outwards from the side. However, due to the fact the screens are on the inside these windows are not really suitable for homes with children or pets. They suit most modern houses. Jalousie windows are made up of parallel louvers which can all be tilted open or closed simultaneously. These types of windows are best suited for porches or for homes in areas with very mild climates. Another variation is awning windows which are very similar to jalousie windows just slightly bigger, six inches or so to be more specific. They open only slightly for ventilation and therefore would probably not be a good solution throughout a home.

One of the most suitable choices will be sash windows as this types of window is very practical allowing light and air to flow through home, but they also look good adding a sense of style and class to your home. Installing your windows with wooden frames will ensure you keep the look of your classic home. Any heat loss can be fixed with good storm windows and exterior caulking, and rotted sills can always be replaced.

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