What is the Difference Between Casement and Double-Hung Windows?
Choosing the right windows is a hard task for everybody. The variations in design, efficiency, and materials are overwhelming. Something that is expected to be enjoyable like experimenting with interior aesthetics, ends up being an annoying and time-consuming hassle.
That’s why getting the best advice, definitely opt for consulting with professional contractors. In the meantime, window replacement Toronto suggests having these important things in mind:
Some Basic Information
First, let’s go through some window basics. When choosing one for a room, you have to face materials, design, and efficiency ratings. The 4 most popular materials for window framing are wood, fiberglass, vinyl, and aluminum. Each carries certain strengths and weakness, and the decision between the 4 should be based on your location, aesthetics, and budget.
The second thing you will face is window types. The hundreds of designs won’t make the task easier, in fact, on your window quest, you will probably be buried by tons of weird information. To make things less difficult, try to separate window types into 5 categories: casement & awning, hung, fixed, bay & bow, and sliding.
Also, try to follow the latest trends. Research shows how homeowners these days end up getting stuck between double-hung and casement. Getting to know important info on both designs is the least you could do for conducting a successful window replacement.
The main difference between casement and double-hung is their mechanism or how they are operated. Double-hung is a descendant of single-hung. Both of them have 2 sashes where one can overlap the other and glass decorated with grills. Unlike with single, double-hung is much more flexible since it can also be opened from the top, manipulating even the 2nd sash.
These windows are considered as extremely kid-friendly, great for temperature balance, and easy to clean. The sashes can be tilted to reach even 180 degrees. On the other hand, casement windows don’t offer any tilting and their maximum opening angle is only 90 degrees.
However, they do offer better ventilation and generally, are more energy efficient. Casement has either the left or the right side hinged, while the other is operated with a pushing crank or handle. This airtight seal enables maximum insulation. This window type is opened outward and can disrupt outside areas. That’s why experts are against installing casements on lower stages in high traffic areas.
Access To Outdoor Views
One of the homeowners’ main concerns is access to outdoor views and natural light. Of course, the quality of outside light will mainly depend on the glass, but the responsibility for providing undisrupted views is on the window design.
Since double-hung windows have grills, casement windows definitely have an advantage in providing limitless and sharp views. But, some homeowners prefer their privacy and this is where the magic of double-hung appears. Add a heavyweight treatment in the mix and you can put away your privacy concerns for good.
Additionally, both window types are used as part of bay and bow windows. To achieve a balance between outdoor views, personal space, and aesthetics, opt for installing bay windows in your living room, consisting of one large fixed window and a couple of double-hung beside it.
There are tons of ratings out there that calculate the energy efficiency of various appliances. Energy Star is one reliable source you could consider. If a window has a large score on its energy efficiency tests, it will get an Energy Star. Have in mind though, the efficiency doesn’t solely depend on the type. In fact, it almost doesn’t depend on it at all.
The framing material, glass, manufacturing, and installation process are the key factors for a window to get high-efficiency scores. We previously mentioned how casement has airtight seals and this might be the only difference in efficiency between the most popular window types.
Point being: Ordering a casement doesn’t automatically give you a window with high energy efficiency. For making the most out for your window replacement, we suggest hiring adequate professionals to do the job. A properly manufactured double-hung will be much more efficient than a cheap casement and vice versa.
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