Casement windows are windows that open on a hinge, much like a door. They are usually operated by some sort of crank mechanism that allows you to control how far open they stay. Casement windows open from the side, usually outward, but occasionally inward.
The Pros and Cons of Casement Windows
They are excellent for when a window needs to seal well, because they seal better than traditional slide windows. They also allow for greater ventilation, since the entire window opens. Because they do not always open as wide as slide windows, they may not meet safety codes for use in bedrooms. It is also important to be wary of water damage to the frame if the window is left open during rain or snow.
Varieties of Casement Windows
Casement windows are typically long and narrow; they are stylish but practical. They have a long tradition of use, and can be found in many contemporary home designs. They come in nearly every design that can be desired, whether framed in real wood or vinyl, with or without multiple panes. The gears that are used to open and close the window vary from model to model, but most work by turning a crank. Casement windows can be used alone, or to accent a large picture window. Window treatments for casement windows are typically the same as for other windows, unless the window opens inward, in which case the treatment will have to be able to move with it.