There are many important things to research and consider before investing in residential window replacement. One important thing to consider is the type of window for each individual fixture in your home. For instance, in some fixtures you want movable windows, but in others you will want fixed frames. Also, there are many different types of movable frames. Casement and sliding are definitely the most popular options. This article explains the key differences and similarities between the two styles. You will likely end up with a combination of both styles throughout your home.
Similarities Between the Two
There are many similarities between casement and sliding windows. First of all, both can be equipped with removable or permanent screens. They can also be reinforced with exterior storm fixtures. That being said, they often fit awkward over outward opening casement windows. Also, it is important to point out that both styles are made in all of the most popular window materials. You can find old-fashioned materials like wood or aluminum or a modern, synthetic product like fiberglass or vinyl.
Casement windows are on a hinge and they open outward, kind of like a door. Most casements have a cranking mechanism at the bottom to open and close them. These make it easier to open large window sashes, especially those that are placed high on a wall. One of the most popular features of casement fixtures is the fact that they have one glass pane. This allows more light into the house because there are no bars or lattices in the middle of the glass to block the sun or the view.
Sliding windows are cheaper than casement windows. Because of this, they are probably a little more common. They also have simpler operation, whether you choose vertical or horizontal sliding fixtures. However, they can be problematic on larger fixtures. If the weight of the frame is too heavy, it could be hard to open your window. Also, a sliding fixture is made up of two individual panes within separate frames. This means there is a blocked area in the middle of the fixture that will obstruct your view. When the window is partly open, there will be two more horizontal bars that block the view. Some homeowners don't like this feature.
When you are choosing your windows for each fixture in your home, choose the one that will be the most practical to operate.