When shopping for windows for your Arizona home, casement windows and double-hung windows are both excellent choices. While double-hung windows are most popular today, don’t discount casement windows. They’re making a comeback because they have a slightly more modern look than double-hung windows.
Let’s learn more casement and double-hung windows and how to choose the right fit for your home.
Casement windows are hinged on one side and swing horizontally like a door. There’s a crank on the interior that turns a gearbox and pushes the window open and outward, toward the home’s exterior. The window can then be pulled in, and an interior latch fully secures the window shut.
Also known as ‘crank windows,’ casement windows are very efficient. They have an airtight seal on all four sides, virtually eliminating all drafts. These types of windows also provide exceptional airflow and have high security ratings, and they work well with other window styles.
In terms of cost, casement windows are more expensive than double-hung windows, often twice as much. The great thing is that you don’t have to install all casement windows. Because these windows blend in well with others, you can pick and choose where to install them.
Double-hung windows are our most popular window style – and for good reason! They’re stylish, low maintenance and easy to operate. They are also cost-effective. Double-hung windows can cost as much as half the cost of casement windows.
Double-hung windows slide vertically up and down. They have an upper and lower sash, and both sashes are operable. Most of the time, the upper sash stays in place while the lower sash slides up and down. But, the upper sash can be slid up and down, too, hence the name.
Unlike casement windows that offer excellent efficiency, double-hung windows do have weak spots. By choosing a qualified window installation contractor in AZ, you can ensure that your windows are installed correctly for maximum efficiency.
How to Choose: Casement vs Double-Hung Windows
There is no right or wrong type of window to choose from. It all depends on where the window is going, what functions you want it to serve and your budget. Here are some factors to consider.
- Outdoor views. Double-hung windows have a horizontal bar in the center that can obstruct your view. Casement windows provide a clear view.
- Energy efficiency. Because casement windows are sealed on all four sides, they offer greater efficiency.
- Airflow. Casement windows can be open all the way, letting in plenty of airflow. Double-hung windows have two sashes for maximum airflow.
- Children and pets. Double-hung windows are safer since you can close the lower sash while leaving the upper sash open.
- Maintenance. For the most part, casement windows are easier to clean and maintain. That being said, most double-hung windows are easy to clean thanks to swing-in style sashes.
- Location. Since casement windows open outward, they can obstruct pathways and seating areas. Double-hung windows work vertically, giving them a low profile.
Still not sure what type of window you should have installed? Get in touch with Greco Roman Windows and Doors and we’ll help you choose the best windows for your needs and budget. We have all types of styles – perhaps something you haven’t considered yet!