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Casement Windows and Double-Hung Windows: Which Is Better?

Many people have been trying to determine which is the better of the two – casement window, or double-hung window? Find out what are their benefits and drawbacks so you can make that comparison.

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There are numerous benefits of these windows due to the design of the window. First of all, as it opens at its hinges, it can open widely and fully. This makes it possible to have a full view of the scene beyond the wall, so if you like some privacy yet enjoy being able to view the outside, casement windows make a great choice. Also, you can get more light into the house as well since there is no obstacle in the way when it is wide open. Apart from that, because the window opens wide, wind can easily flow into the house, making the area very well ventilated. Furthermore, the angle of the sash when opened is able to redirect wind to enter the house. Casement windows are also much more airtight than double-hung windows, so it helps to keep a room insulated.

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On the other hand, there are a several benefits of double-hung windows too. For one, if the window is located on the ground floor facing a narrow walkway, the fact that it slides up and down instead of open outwards allows people to walk comfortably. Where style is concerned, it is also more versatile in appearance to adapt with most styles. They can also keep the room well-insulated, although not as well as casement windows.

So if considering between the two options, casement windows tend to be a better choice in conserving energy. However, do note that newer models of both windows provide better energy saving features.

How To Replace Windows

Window pinning can be an effective way of securing double-hung windows (and some sliding windows). I run into a lot of double-hung windows, usually in older homes, that could use this type of protection. Many have locks/latches that are broken or the two window sections don't line up preventing the window from being secured.

Best Application: On older double-hung windows that have wooden frames and require extra protection. It is not recommended for use on the newer vinyl windows - it may even void their warranty.
NOTE: using this window pinning procedure still allows someone in the home to escape through the window should that become necessary. Never use any method of securing windows that would violate any codes or prevent someone from escaping in an emergency situation.

If you want the option of leaving one or more windows open (4" to 6") and still remain secure, you may drill two additional holes as follows: Open the window the desired height (but no more than 6"); Using the original holes on the inside sash, drill a second set of holes three-quarters of the way through the outside sash; Insert nails through the inner sash and into these "ventilation" holes and test by trying to open the window wider.

DISCLAIMER: If you do not understand this Pinning Window procedure or its suitability for your specific situation or purpose do not attempt to perform it. I will not be held responsible for any accidents or damage resulting from your use of this procedure.

Care and Cleaning of Replacement Vinyl Windows

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Before you try to choose which double glazed window you want to go with, you should first look at the style of your home. If you have something that's a little more classic, you'll want to go with something classic as well when you seek out windows. If you have a more modern home, there are a variety of modern styles that you can go with instead. You can even go with extremely versatile woodgrain finishes if you wish to do that as well. This will let you keep the overall aesthetic of your house while also making a change that will keep it up to date.

In this post, we're going to show you how to choose different double glazed window styles that you can implement. There are many styles of double glazed windows, so we'll look at each and show you what to expect.

Measure for double glazed windows.

Before you start looking at double glazing window styles, you'll first need to know how to measure for these double glazed windows.

In order to accurately price your particular double glazed window, you'll have to measure accurately the area that they're being placed in. This sounds pretty daunting, but it's actually really simple if you follow a couple of rules.

- Measure the width from one plaster to another and the height from the windowsill to the plaster.

- When you're building your online quote, they'll accept measurements in millimetres, centimetres, and inches. You should take an average of three measurements from the width to the height.

- Take a measurement of the bottom of your windowsill to the floor. If this is below 80 cm, you'll have to use toughened glass as well in order to meet regulations.

Once you have your measurements set, you can go ahead and start looking at double glazed window designs. Now that we've gotten an idea as to how to measure for your double glazed windows, we can actually take a look at some of the window designs that are out there. Let's get started.

uPVC Casement Windows

The uPVC casement window is extremely versatile and is suitable for a number of applications. These windows feature a single-lever latch design and are easy to open and close. This makes them especially suitable for places that are a little hard to reach in your house.

Another application of these windows is in the kitchen, usually behind the kitchen sink. This way they're very accessible, even in tough to reach places. These are also very good for an emergency exit. The window swings open wide which will allow you to easily climb through no matter what's going down.

These are also safer windows for use in your upper floor, so putting them up there is definitely a sound decision.

uPVC Bow and Bay Windows

These double glazing window designs are best for people who want to add some identity and character to their home. Any window space that's flat can be converted into this style of double glazed window and will give a sense of heightened space.

These windows also include additional dummy sashes which will create equal sight lines and enhance the overall appearance of your home.

You can also install hidden bay poles which will go under the windowsill and serve as a way of taking on a load while staying structurally sound. You won't have to worry about whatever goes on the windowsill with this application.

uPVC Tilt and Turn Windows

If you're living on the top floor or even a couple floors up, the uPVC tilt and turn windows are a great option to go with.

This design style is available for many types of contemporary and traditional homes. It offers easy clean functionality, a great level of ventilation and enhanced security with its tilt only option. This lets you ventilate your home while keeping the property safe.

It also opens all the way, allowing for exterior access if you choose. The benefit here is that you can clean the whole window without ever having to step outside.

Vertical Sliding Sash Windows

This type of window provides the same kind of characteristics as a traditional property whilst maintaining all of the benefits and functionality of a uPVC window.

This is a great choice if you're looking to maintain the overall charm of your property. Maybe you're looking to replace old Sliding Sash windows that are made from timber, but you don't want to choose a wooden build. This is understandable if you want to upgrade but aren't quite sure what style you actually want. Vertical sliding sash windows are always a good choice of double glazed window.

uPVC Sash Horn Windows

This window is similar to the vertical sliding sash in that it combines a traditional aesthetic with modern materials. This provides both functionality and style. Also just like the vertical sliding sash, this is a great option for people who want to maintain that traditional charm while adding something a little bit different.

Although this window is more suited for traditional properties, it can also be used on modern properties that want to have a more traditional look and feel about them. These are structurally reliable. They're energy efficient and hand finished, which means they're suitable for just about any property.

Final Thought

Before you try to choose which double glazed window you want to go with, you should first look at the style of your home. If you have something that's a little more classic, you'll want to go with something classic as well when you seek out windows. If you have a more modern home, there are a variety of modern styles that you can go with instead. You can even go with extremely versatile woodgrain finishes if you wish to do that as well. This will let you keep the overall aesthetic of your house while also making a change that will keep it up to date.