When it comes time to replace your home’s windows, you may feel overwhelmed by the many brands, styles, and types of windows available to choose from.
Perhaps you’ve been debating between several options and have finally narrowed down your search to two popular styles—casement and double-hung windows. But which type will add the perfect touch to your Michigan home?
Take our word for it—you’re not the only homeowner with this pressing question! That’s why we created this practical guide to help you determine if casement or double-hung windows are best for your home.
But first, here’s some basic information you should know about these two types of windows:
What Are Casement Windows?
Casement windows typically include a large pane of glass, a crank mechanism, and a hinge on the inside of the window. They’re straightforward to use, but they open and close like a door, so they require plenty of space. Casement window replacement can be tricky if there’s permanent landscaping outside your old window, but it’s an attractive option if nothing stands in the way.
Simple, modern homes typically look best with casement windows. This window style is popular with Traditional, Modern, and Craftsman homes known for their clean lines, neutral tones, and simplistic features.
What Are Double-Hung Windows?
Double-hung windows include two panes of glass with vertical sashes that you can slide up and down to open your windows. Double-hung windows are a better option if you have landscaping or furniture that sits close to your home because they don’t need any extra space to open.
Double-hung windows have a cozy, homey look. They add rustic, historic flair to Farmhouse and Colonial homes, and they look great combined with casement windows for Craftsman homes.
Which Window Style Should I Choose?
Aside from aesthetic appeal and personal preference, there are several things you should think about before investing in replacement windows for your home.
Here are six factors to consider:
1. Light Infiltration
Both double-hung and casement windows allow plenty of light into your home, but if you’re looking for extra light infiltration, casement windows are the best option for you.
Since casement windows are essentially large panes of glass on hinges, they don’t have horizontal bars in the center of the windows that hold the two panes of glass together, as double-hung windows do. This style allows more light into your home and creates an unobstructed view outside.
2. Air Ventilation
Your windows should let breezes into your home when they’re open—and keep the air outside when they’re closed. Although both casement and double-hung windows offer excellent ventilation and energy efficiency, casement windows are ideal for this category.
Since casement windows are hinged like a door, the entire window can open at once. Double-hung windows slide up and down, allowing just fifty percent of the window to open. This style limits the airflow in and out of your home.
Additionally, casement windows are more airtight than double-hung windows because they sit tightly in the window frame, like how a door sits in a doorframe. Since double-hung windows have a sliding track system, they have more crevices where outdoor air can sneak into your home.
Where you’re planning to install your windows has a significant impact on which style works best for your home—especially replacement windows.
If your window is in a place that’s hard to reach, like above your kitchen sink or a bathroom counter, casement windows are a better option since you’ll only have to reach up to turn the crank. However, cranking can be time-consuming, and as we mentioned earlier, it’s essential to ensure there are no obstructions outside that will prevent your casement window from opening.
On the other hand, modern double-hung windows are quick and easy to open—all you have to do is raise the sash. Double-hung windows also work great if you plan to use curtains or blinds on the interior of your home—they’ll lay flat over the window instead of bulging awkwardly over the crank. They’re also great for basements since often, there isn’t much space to open a casement window.
Cleaning your windows can be a frustrating and time-consuming task. Thankfully, most modern windows have features that make them easier to clean than old, outdated styles.
Many double-hung windows now include swing-in sashes, which makes them much easier to clean. However, casement windows are still the easiest to clean—you can’t beat the easy access to your windowpane that the hinged window style gives you.
If price is an essential factor for your window replacement, double-hung windows are typically the most cost-effective option. Double-hung windows are more readily available than casement windows and are typically less expensive, too.
Depending on how large your old windows are, different replacement window styles may suit your home better. Typically, double-hung windows are larger, so they are a better option if you’re looking to take up more space. Since casement windows are smaller, they can be more expensive to add.
For instance, a home with three large spaces for windows might choose to install three double-hung windows, but if they want to install casement windows, they would need six windows to fill the space adequately. These extra windows can add a significant amount to your window replacement project.
Find out more in our “Replacement Window Guide”
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