Choose a casement window for a classic look
When choosing windows for your home, the different windows available can be confusing if you're not sure exactly what kind of look you want to produce curb appeal as well as ensuring that you have functionality in your windows. Casement windows are classic-looking windows that are not only functional, but give a simple look to the outside of your home.
A casement window is a window that swings outward or inward, as opposed to being operated in an up and down fashion, though many are hinged in this manner as well. Many houses have these windows because they are easy to install and are also very energy efficient, as they are able to be locked tight against the frame, letting out little heat or air when closed. Casement windows can be represented in different ways, as they are a flat pane of glass at their simplest. Many people prefer plain or paned casement windows, but some windows of this type can be stained glass or incorporate frosting for privacy and beauty.
Installing casement windows
Most people choose to get these windows professionally installed, but casement window hardware and installation kits are readily available to help you install these windows into your home. Generally, they come in several pieces and are then fit into the existing window frame. While many are simply paned glass, some include leaded glass for a more decorative look. This, however, is mostly found in the United Kingdom; most modern homes prefer a simpler look.
Once the window is installed, casement window handles then are installed on the inside frame. Some of these handles stick out for easy access, but some fold in, allowing you to fold them down and out of the way for a more streamlined, decorative look.
If you need to replace existing windows, replacement casement windows are available to fit into your existing window frame. Many of these windows are plastic or fiberglass, allowing for a more energy efficient fit as opposed to wooden windows, which expand and contract with the weather. They are sealed with glazing or putty to ensure a tight fit.