Different window styles have different requirements when it comes to space. For example, double-hung windows can be installed in any room of the house because they don’t require any floor space to operate, while casement windows swing open on a hinge, meaning they need clearance. In today’s post, your window contractor discusses the space requirements of different windows to help you make the best choice for your home.
The Case for Casements
Casement windows are great if ample ventilation is your top priority. The crank mechanism allows you to swing the window open widely like a door, angling it just so to allow a refreshing breeze into your home.
However, this means that depending on the direction your windows open, you will need an operating space. In other words, if your windows open into your home, you’ll need a few feet of clearance in front of them, which could be a problem in small rooms or areas with lots of furniture. In the same way, casements that open outward need space on the outside, so they may not be a good choice for areas that look out onto walk paths. The bigger the window, the more operating space you’ll need.
Because of these requirements, casement windows may not be a viable option for some areas of your home. Fortunately, there are excellent alternatives.
If space is an issue, then windows that move along a two-dimensional plane such as sliding or double-hung windows might be the solution. Rather than swinging open like a door, these windows glide vertically or horizontally along the wall, meaning they don’t require any floor space to operate.. Sliding windows move horizontally on rails and rollers, while double-hung windows have two sashes that move vertically.
These windows do have their own set of limitations. Since the moving sashes will always cover a portion of the window that is the same size as the original sash, you won’t be utilizing the space’s full ventilation potential as you would with a casement window.
If you’re not sure the best option for your home, ask your window company for guidance and they’ll be happy to help
At Renewal by Andersen® of Cape Cod, we can help you figure out what kind of window will work best with the space you have. You can call us to schedule a consultation at (508) 936-1171, or by leaving us a message through our contact form. We serve residents of Cape Cod.