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Casement Windows vs. Sliding Windows

Choosing a replacement window style for your home can be both enjoyable and a bit overwhelming. There are tons of options to choose from, and you want to make sure to select windows that you’ll be happy with for many years to come—not just in terms of how they look, but also in terms of how they operate. Below, we break down two very common window styles—casement windows and sliding windows—to help you decide which might be the best choice for your home.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are hinged along the side and open by swinging outward like a door. In terms of architectural aesthetics, casement windows can offer the best of both worlds. When adorned with muntins or grilles, casement windows can look old-fashioned (remember Scrooge throwing open the windows at the end of A Christmas Carol?). However, many casement windows feature sleek, low profile frames and expansive glass panes, so when you opt to skip the decorative grid patterns, casement windows tend to look more modern and contemporary.

As far as operation goes, casement windows often feature a crank mechanism, which is convenient because it allows the windows to be opened with just one hand. Other casement windows don’t have cranks, but instead, are opened by simply turning a handle and pushing the sash outward. Because the sash on a casement window pivots along the vertical axis, and can usually be opened a full 90 degrees, you can position it to catch a breeze, which is a major benefit. Not only does this help with ventilation by pulling in fresh air, but this breeze can also help your home stay cooler, thereby reducing the need for electric fans.

Sliding Windows

Just as their name suggests, sliding windows feature sashes that slide horizontally, either to the left or the right. On some models, just one sash slides while the other remains stationary, and on other models both sashes are moveable. Similar to casement windows, sliding windows require less effort to open than traditional hung-sash windows, making them a great option for areas where adequate leverage is hard to gain, such as above a kitchen sink or high up on the wall in a stairway.

Sliding windows are typically installed in openings that are wider than they are tall, so they’re a great choice for rooms with lower ceilings. This width also creates a more expansive viewing area, so if you’re looking to really brighten up a room, sliding windows will get the job done. In terms of durability, sliding windows also tend to last longer than either hung-sash or hinged-sash windows because they have fewer moving parts.

Contact West Shore Home Today

To learn more about the differences between casement windows and sliding windows, contact the home improvement experts at West Shore Home. We’d be happy to schedule you for a free consultation.