Now that Minnesota is in winter mode, it’s hard to ignore drafty windows in your home. And it’s even harder to ignore those outsized energy bills every month when your home is radiating heat out inefficient or outdated windows. If your home’s older or inefficient windows are costing you money and comfort, Window World can help with high-performance, energy-efficient alternatives
One of the most popular choices for Minnesota homes is casement window installation. In this post, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about casement windows for your Twin Cities home. To get a free quote on casement window installation services, call our team at Window World Twin Cities today.
Types of Windows
When it comes to window installation and replacement services, choosing the right window for a given room in your home can be more difficult than you’d expect. Before you make a decision, it’s a good idea to completely understand all of the available options before you.
Your home’s architectural design, the location of a window, personal preference, and a window’s functional requirements will each play a role in the decision-making process. You may also consider using more than one type of window in a given area or combining adjacent windows.
These are the most commonly used types of windows for residential homes:
● Single-Hung and Double-Hung Windows
When most people think of replacement windows, they’re thinking of traditional single-hung windows or double-hung windows. Double-hung windows are the most common type of window installed by residential window replacement services because they are simple but easy to clean.
● Slider Windows
Slider windows are exactly what they sound like they are. Slider windows open on a track that slides the window either to the right or the left. These windows are a popular choice for more modern or minimalist homes due to their clean, attractive look.
● Casement Windows
Casement windows are an alternative to slider and double-hung windows that use a crank to open the window and open with a hinge on their right or left side. These windows allow plenty of fresh air into a space, making them a popular choice for kitchens.
● Awning Windows
Similar to casement windows, awning windows open on a hinge. However, whereas casement windows use a hinge on the right or left, awning windows open upward, leaving the window pane horizontal and flat above the window frame where it can keep rain out. For this reason, awning windows are a popular choice in basements and bathrooms, but they can make a lovely addition to any room in a home.
● Garden Windows
A garden window is a type of window that extends outward from the room’s perimeter, adding a shelf that’s perfect for growing plants or displaying decorative items. Garden windows are often used to grow fresh herbs year-round in a kitchen.
● Bay and Bow Windows
Bay windows and bow windows are a grouping of windows, usually fixed, that together protrude outward from a home, allowing extra light into a space and opening up an attractive vista to the outside world. Both types of windows tend to create a natural nook or seating area. They look stunning in almost any room in a home but are often used in breakfast nooks, bedrooms, and living areas.
● Picture Windows
Pictures windows are a type of large, fixed window meant to give a complete view of the outside world and allow plenty of natural light into a space. Although picture windows can take up an entire wall, technically they include any large-scale window that doesn’t open and close.
● Transom Windows
Transom windows are another type of fixed window, but unlike picture windows, transom windows tend to be rather small. Any fixed window installed above a door or window is considered a transom window, and they are most often used above a home’s main entry door. Many transom windows use decorative glass or come in nonstandard shapes like an arc. They’re meant to elevate the architectural appeal of the window or door where they’re installed while allowing plenty of light in without compromising a home’s security.
Benefits of Casement Windows
If you love the idea of an easily opened window that’s perfect for bringing in fresh air on a spring day, you should consider installing new casement windows. Here are just a few more reasons to consider casement window installation from Window World:
● They come in a wide range of custom color design options like all Window World windows.
● They offer a tight seal that makes them highly efficient and more comfortable during the colder winter months.
● They’re easy to clean both inside and out.
● Newer models feature innovative casement locks installed within their frames, giving your windows and home added security protection.
Extra security, more energy-efficient, and a wide array of design variations and architectural options; what more could you ask for?
Another overlooked benefit of casement windows is how well they work with any other window designs that are currently installed into your home. Double-hung windows, awning windows, slider windows, picture windows; no matter what other window designs your home currently has installed, casement windows will be sure to perfectly accommodate, and even accentuate, your house’s aesthetics and appearance.
Where to Install Casement Windows?
Because casement windows are so flexible in regards to performance and appearance, you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to finding the best places to install casement windows in your home. We tend to recommend any of the following locations of your home for installing new casement windows:
● Living Room: Because casement windows don’t need grilles to be installed, they provide a resourceful alternative to picture windows when it comes to allowing for a fuller-more panoramic view in your living room.
● Kitchens: Casement windows are ideal for busy areas of your home, especially kitchens, where optimal natural light and superior insulation are needed to keep your culinary station as cozy and comfortable as possible.
● Home Offices: Anyone working in a home office will tell you that having the best view possible of the outside world is an absolute necessity. Casement windows provide more opportunities for letting light in, allowing for a more productive at-home working environment!
● Bedroom: As far as we’re concerned, the bedroom is the location of the house that requires perfection when it comes to insulation and energy-efficiency. Casement windows are specifically designed for minimizing heat loss throughout winter, while keeping heat out all summer long.
Order Your Custom Casement Window Replacement
Are you tired of shivering next to your poorly sealed double-hung window? Do you love the idea of opening up the windows on a perfect spring day? Check out our Window World Design Center to design your new replacement windows and then call our contractors at 651.770.5570 or contact us online for your free quote. You’ll love your new casement windows from Window World Twin Cities!
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