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Casement windows are windows that open up like doors.  In other words, they feature hinges on the right and left side of the window, with the non-hinged side locking into place in the middle by way of a latch.  Unlike a door, however, casement windows don’t open by way of a handle.  Instead, they are typically opened by a crank-like structure of some kind.  Although there are some good things about this type of window, it’s important to also be aware of the potential drawbacks before going ahead with casement windows installation Toronto residents.

Let’s start with the pros:

Weather resistant

Casement windows are very weather tight, surpassed only by fixed windows (those that do not open and close).  Why is this?
Because the window seal on a casement window comes in contact with the casement sash directly, straight on.
There is no give to the seal, like there is with other types of windows where the seal needs to slide to be opened and/or closed.  In addition, because there is no need to slide the seal, the seal won’t experience as much wear and tear and it will have a longer lifespan.

Interior screen

As opposed to other types of windows in which the screen is the outermost layer of the window, the screen on a casement window is on the inside, facing the inside of the room.  The benefit of this is twofold:  First, this creates a nicer look on the outside of the house, or “curb appeal” because the panes of glass are facing the street.  Also, should you need to remove the screen to clean it, it is much easier to do that from inside the house (especially for upper-floor windows) Improved air flow When the sash of a casement window is open, it draws breeze into the room which increases air flow throughout the house.
Now let’s look at the cons:

More parts to break down

Because a casement window typically is comprised of more parts than a standard double-hung window or a slider window, they are more prone to breakage. Particularly if you live in a harsh climate that experiences changes in
the elements, casement windows can be vulnerable to breakage. They can pose logistical problems If not planned properly, casement windows can pose logistical problems.  In other words, because they open outwards, having too many casement windows in close proximity may mean that some of them are not able to open
all the way (or at all).  Careful planning is necessary when installing multiple casement windows.

AC units won’t fit

If your home doesn’t have central air, you may rely on window units to keep your home cool.  However, one of the downsides of casement windows is that traditional AC window units won’t fit in them.  Because casement sashes don’t slide to seal off the window unit and because the sash won’t open enough to accommodate the
window unit, window AC units and casement windows don’t mix. It’s possible to purchase specially designed window units for casement windows, but they are much more expensive than units for traditional windows.

Interior screens

Wait, we said that having a screen on the inside was a benefit!  It’s true; in some ways the interior screen of a casement window is actually a plus, but there are cons to this, too.  If you have small children or pets, their penchant for looking out the window can easily result in damage to the screen from little fingers and claws.