Prior to comparing the benefits and shortcomings of these two types of windows, get some ideas on how they do look like. For instance, casement windows rely on cranks for opening and closing, such that they can be opened using one hand.
These windows push open and extend beyond a house’s envelope. Casements are used at any point you can reach when opening a window. They are a great choice for use above the sink in a kitchen since it is easy to operate them than leaning over the basin of a sink to push double hang windows.
On the contrary, a double hung window usually moves up or down the frame. Some of them will only let you move the bottom sash while others may be moved on both the bottom and top sashes. A double-hung window also boasts of being an all-purpose window.
Advantages of Using Casement Windows
A key benefit of going for casement windows is their unique look. Many homeowners appreciate these windows for adding a modern style since they lack the sash that divides the window just like in a double hung window. These windows are a great choice for a contemporary home.
These windows offer the best seal with respect to insulation efficiency. When you close the window, all the sides of the sash press tightly on the frame and this prevents air leaks. The tight seal also assists in controlling the temperature in the house by ensuring air conditioning and heating are kept inside.
If you have a window that leaks air into the house, then you might see a decline in your electricity bills by replacing it with a casement window.
Casement windows also have the benefit of being easy to either open or close. This is a great advantage for homeowners who have trouble closing or opening a stuck window such as the elderly.
Advantages of Using a Double-Hung Windows
These windows are generally flexible such that they are usable in most styles and rooms and they are ideal for all historic houses. These windows are also ideal for air conditioned units. On the contrary, casement windows are not ideal for air conditioned units.
The lifespan of a double-hung window is generally longer and they require less maintenance. They have lower chances of mechanical failure since they don’t have many moving parts. For instance, a damaged crank on casement windows would require repair or replacement before opening the window.
Comparing Double-Hung vs. Casement Windows
Key advantages aside, here is how these two types of windows rank:
Aesthetic: They draw. Different homeowners may desire one of the styles over the other or choose to match and mix.
Cleaning: They draw. It is relatively easy to maintain and clean casement windows. Just open your casement window and clean either side from the exterior of your home.
It is also relatively easy to maintain and clean newer designs of double-hung windows as they tilt easily for easier cleaning. An older double-hung window is more difficult to clean.
Durability: When casement windows are open, they are exposed to wind and rain such that they tend to weather more quickly than the double-hung ones.
Exposure to harsh weather in a double-hung window is reduced by the frame. Hence, double-hung windows tend to last longer.
Tight Seal: When closed, casement windows are airtight. An old double-hung window tends to let air in but this problem is not seen in newer windows.
Hence, it can be concluded that the question is not which windows are better between double-hung and casement windows, but the type that works well in your home and fits your desired style.
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