One of the most popular window styles in the UK are casement windows, first coming to the fore back in the 18th century as an alternative to stone mullioned windows. The frames were handcrafted and fitted with lead strips to hold the panes of glass in place – necessary because so many small panes were used at a time before the manufacturing of big sheets of glass was impossible to achieve.
There are numerous advantages to casement windows that you can advise your clients of when discussing the various requirements for their property. For example, because casement windows are hinged at the side they’re able to opened outwards fully, which means that ventilation can be improved – especially useful during the summer months because this will help to keep a house cool without the need for air-conditioning units or fans.
It’s also possible to maximise the amount of space in a room with this kind of window installation. There’s no need to leave space for sash windows to be swung open since the majority of casements use tandem or single lever latches, which also means they’re very easy to use.
Since windows with movable sashes that slide sideways can often get grit in the tracks, it means they can be hard to open and close over time.
And double-hung windows with sashes that move up and down can be hard to move because of their weight – so if people have mobility issues or are above a certain age, casements might be the better option.
As with anything, it’s always a good idea to discuss the pros and cons of various window style options to help make a decision on what would be most appropriate for the home.
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