With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Twin Cities residents will be decking the halls soon enough. As you drive around our beautiful cities taking in the sights of holiday splendor, nothing says holiday magic quite like the sight of a sparkling tree framed in a window at night.
Although Christmas trees have only been displayed for the last 200 years or so, folks have been decking the halls since the Renaissance. While plenty has changed since then, one thing that hasn’t is the sight of holiday cheer through beautiful casement windows.
In this post from our team at Window World, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about choosing casement windows for your Twin Cities home. Give us a call to learn more about casement window options and learn about new window options and installation.
The Beauty of Casement Windows
Casement windows are known for having a unique hinged design that remains as popular today as it was hundreds of years ago. They are often found either in a single window design or in a pair of casement windows with a single frame. Casement windows work using a type of crank or lever placed at the bottom of the window or at hand height.
Casement windows swing completely open in the same style as a door, allowing for maximum air flow and a complete view of the world outside. They remain popular today because they look great in a wide range of residential and commercial applications and provide plenty of fresh air and light.
History of Casement Windows
Casement windows have been around since the Georgian Era, the period during the 1700s in which the Hanover Kings named George reigned in the United Kingdom. Before casement windows first appeared, mullion windows, windows divided into smaller panes, were the main type of window found in Europe and the American colonies.
Casement windows were originally manufactured by blacksmiths who crafted them using iron and glass. Because glass was difficult to work with and less common, window panes tended to be quite small. A typical window during this period would have consisted of six panes attached together with lead strips. Early casement windows opened inward, whereas today’s windows open either inward or outward.
It wasn’t until the 1800s that frame manufacturing shifted to wood, particularly oak, with lead strips replaced by glazing bars. During this period, window technology improved significantly with the invention of rabbets for easier glass pane insertion. Panes themselves would have been held together using putty.
Variations in Casement Window Design
During the Victorian Period, six-pane casement windows remained popular, but with improvements in the manufacturing process, designs became more varied. By this time, window frames were entirely constructed using timber.
Oak was gradually replaced with other types of wood including softwoods, and design variations like arches began to appear. With the arrival of softwoods, painted window frames became the standard, and shades as varied as white, red, green, and blue could be seen. Shutters were also added for practical use in protecting windows.
Although sash windows would arrive on the scene in the 1800s, casement windows remained popular. Today, there are more casement window options available than ever before. Homeowners have the option to customize window designs and frames in a variety of ways.
Casement windows are often classified with awning windows. An awning window is essentially a casement window that’s been flipped on its side. While casement windows hinge vertically, awning windows swing up and outward horizontally, hinging at the top. When fully open, awning windows allow fresh air into a home while keeping rain, snow, and debris like leaves outdoors. For this reason along with their horizontal shape, awning windows are commonly used in basements.
Window World Casement Window Designs
When you design your Window World casement windows, you have the option to completely customize your windows. Choose from the following window designs:
● Window Style: First, decide if you want to install casement windows or awning windows. Next, choose from single or double casement windows.
● Interior Frame Colors: Choose from woodgrain or solid color designs for your casement window interior. Woodgrain options include light or dark oak woodgrain, maple, cherry, foxwood, or white oak. Solid color designs include white, beige, clay, almond, tan, dark brown, or khaki.
● Exterior Frame Colors: When it comes to exterior frame colors, choose from a wide range of color options including silver, white, forest green, black, hunter, and much more.
● Decorative Glass Designs: Choose from decorative glass design options including tinted glass, rain, or obscure.
● Casement Grid Options: Casement window and awning grid options include two-top, three-top, four-lite, six-lite, eight-lite, diamond, prairie, and double prairie.
Contact Window World for Beautiful New Casement & Awning Windows
If you’re looking for a way to bring light and beauty into your Twin Cities home, give us a call about casement and awning window installation. To design your custom casement or awning windows, check out our online Design Center. Connect with a Window World Twin Cities specialist about new home windows at 651.770.5570 or contact us online to get a free quote on your casement window installation.
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