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What Are The Benefits of Casement Windows?

25th January 2024 |

Window Styles

Flush Casement WindowsWhenever you open a window at home, to let a breeze blow through on a hot day or to call someone in from the garden, it’s probably rare for you to stop and think about the style of the window and how it works. It’s probably very unlikely that you’ve ever wondered about the origins of the style of windows you have at home, when they were invented and why.

What is a casement window? Casement windows are the most popular and regularly installed type of window in the UK and many of the windows in your home or at work are likely to be casement style windows. This widespread use is for a number of very good reasons. The casement window design has endured for over a century because of its simplicity, function and versatility.

Casement Windows: A Brief History of Casement Windows and their Styles

Casement windows first appeared as we would recognise them, around the 18th century although the exact date is unclear. They began by replacing mullion-styled windows with stone frames, which were far more expensive, labour intensive to create and fit and much less versatile.

Originally, the frames of casement windows were made of cast iron and the window itself consisted of much smaller glass panes. These were held in place by vertical and horizontally placed lead strips. Glass was expensive to manufacture and often varied in quality and durability. In addition to this, the glass tax in the UK, in which buildings with windows incurred a levy payable by property owners was only abolished in 1851. The cost implication of having windows in a home during the period of the glass tax, led many owners to brick up windows to avoid paying. You can still see many older buildings with bricked up window apertures across the UK to this day.

One of the main benefits of the new style of casement window was the ability to open and close them with greater ease and efficiency. Many of the earlier models were opened with a hand cranked handle system, which offered the opportunity to have the windows fully or partially opened.

Over the years, while the casement window design remained largely the same, the materials that they were made from evolved. Changing from cast iron and lead in the Victorian period to include hard and soft wood options which were more cost effective at the time. Although wood is still used for timber framed casement windows, the most popular materials are now aluminium or uPVC.

What is a Casement Window: Types and Styles of Casement Windows

Casement windows or simply casements to those in the industry are a popular and versatile window option with a more contemporary look and feel.

Hinged along one vertical or top edge, casement windows open inwards or outwards like a door and can be pushed or pulled open manually or by using a hand-turned crank system. Fitted either as single windows or in pairs, they open using stainless steel friction hinges which help keep the window open for ventilation, without the unpredictability of slamming shut during windier periods. Windows that move vertically up and down rather than outwards or inwards are described as being double hung and are often referred to as sash windows.

A standard casement window is a window that’s fixed into, and sits just proud of, a larger window frame. As with many other window types in the current market, casement windows offer exceptional energy efficiency, security and come in a variety of styles, finishes and materials, all designed to fit your budget and tastes.

A casement window can be a very stylish and versatile addition to your home and are available in many variations to suit your needs. This includes casement windows in smaller sizes which are typically hinged at the top for rooms like downstairs bathrooms on pantries. This style of casement can also be paired with larger standard casement windows underneath them to offer an excellent combination of ventilation and light.

With options available to give you a traditional look, by adding glazing bars for authenticity, or left plain, for a more modern finish and an unobstructed view out, a casement window is one of the most favoured window designs available on the market today.

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What are the Benefits of a Casement Window for Your Home?

Casement windows and their current design and range of style options have a number of benefits for your home.

They offer:

  • Excellent security credentials and multipoint locking.
  • Exceptional energy efficiency to ensure your home stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
  • Superior ventilation when opened fully or partially.
  • A range of styles, finishes and materials to suit your needs including aluminium, uPVC and timber.
  • Ease of opening and closing with smooth hinged push/pull functions or hand cranking with a handle.
  • Options of top or side hinged.
  • Can be single or paired and can feature glazing bars for a vintage look and feel.

Superior Casement Windows from Majestic Designs

We have been manufacturing and installing beautiful casement and sash windows for over 20 years and we would be happy to share our experience and knowledge with you. Our expert teams have worked in every type of home and property and will be able to advise you on the styles and designs of casement and sash windows that will best suit your needs and budget. We can deal with any design and installation queries you have and make sure that you have the perfect window solution for your home.

At Majestic Designs we can offer you a premium range of casement windows all custom-designed and manufactured for your home to your exact specifications. Using A+14 rated, energy-efficient double glazing and a choice of hard-wearing, strong, and durable uPVC, aluminium or timber frames, our state-of-the-art casement windows are second to none.

So, if you are planning a new home improvement project or are looking to replace or renew the windows in your home and want more information on casement windows, we can help. Give our experienced and friendly team a call or get in touch via our contact page and we can talk you through all the casement window options for you to choose from.

To view our extensive range of windows, doors, and conservatories, call us today on 01934 741 294 or leave us a message on our contact form.

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