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Windows need to be replaced every 15-20 years so that they are working as they should. If you have noticed that you are experiencing a draft, condensation or frost on the inside of your home or have recently seen a change in your windows’ appearance (such as damaged or broken, or even warped frames), this is an obvious sign that they have reached the end of their life.
However, other reasons for replacing windows could be due to wanting to reduce your energy bills or making your home look more appealing to potential buyers if you are considering selling your home.
Whether you are looking to increase your home’s value, you want to reap the benefits yourself of replacing your windows, or the lifeline of them is coming to an end, then you might feel a little overwhelmed with what to choose from.
This guide aims to help you decide on the type of casement windows you should install in your home in 2021.
There are more than 20 different styles of windows that can be installed in your home, including bay windows, double-hung windows, and awning windows.
These will all provide you with something different in terms of benefits and how they look. So why out of all the windows should you opt for casement windows?
Casement windows fall within the lower price bracket, between £250 and £750, but the quality doesn’t lack. In fact, there are a number of benefits to installing casement windows on top of the great price.
Not only do they look stylish with their slimline frames, but they also require little to no maintenance, reduce sound, and will be able to stand firm against even the stormiest of weather.
One of the biggest influencers of why people opt for casement windows is due to the way they open. Casement windows are usually hinged on the side and open outwards either from left to right or vice versa.
You can decide which side you want it to open, depending on which hand is more dominant. You might find that it is easier to open the window with your right hand, for example, and would prefer the handle to be in a position that is easier for your hand to get to. You could, however, have it hinged at the top of the window if you so wished.
There are three different types of casement window you could opt for:
We will explore all three in detail to help you decide which type of casement window is best for you.
Casement windows have been around for nearly two centuries, after becoming the popular option for many Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian properties throughout the UK. These windows gave these properties distinct looks, character and heritage, something which people are afraid to lose if they were to replace the windows.
However, you don’t have to suffer from cold drafts. With flush casement windows, you can mimic the traditional look but also improve insulation within the home at a fraction of the price thanks to double glazing and flush casement windows. This will reduce your energy bills, which is great for your wallet and the environment.
Once you have installed flush casement windows, you will notice the benefits almost immediately, with one example being that the room will flood with natural light. With more natural, brighter lighting, this will change the atmosphere within the room.
While timber might have been a popular choice in the 19th century, we have evolved and have found better-suited materials for casement frames to survive against harsh weather and general wear and tear. Flush casement window frames come in two different materials: UPVC and aluminium. In this section that follows, we will explore the two:
This style of window is designed to make the most of the natural light through its slimline profile. You don’t just have to stick with a white frame, either; you can opt for black, grey, green, blue, brown, or red, and the inside doesn’t always have to match the outside. You can customise it to match your interior as well as your exterior. Do note that this will take the price up.
The average price for flush casement aluminium windows will depend on the size and colour, but generally range from £150 – £450 per window.
With UPVC flush casement frames, you can ensure security, due to the secure and robust nature of the material. Combined with double or triple glazing, you can deter thieves from breaking into your property and reduce noise levels.
They are low maintenance, which will save you money in the long term, and they will stay looking as fresh as they did the day you bought them, which is ideal for those that live on the coast and will experience harsh weather frequently.
Just as you can with aluminium frames, you can add a personal touch to your windows by selecting a different colour or finish, but this will take the price up.
The average price for UPVC windows can range due to installation prices, size and accessories to finish the look.
UPVC windows are a popular choice for many homeowners due to the amount of light that can enter the room, the added security, and long life appeal. However, what makes them different from the other styles listed in this article?
They are quick to install in your home, and while again it will depend on the size and colour frame you opt for, the price is classed as a cost-effective option in comparison to other casement windows, costing around £200 up to about £500 to be fully fitted.
As a guide, on average, a three-bed house might pay anywhere between £4,500 up to £5,000 to fit the entire house with new windows. If you want to instal these yourself, the price will go down; however, this is not recommended.
In addition, due to the material that UPVC is made from, the window frame is less likely to discolour over time, it is lightweight but durable, can resist weathering and will retain its shape, which will make this an even more cost-effective option.
French casement windows operate in a similar fashion to French doors in that you can open two casement windows side by side to create one large opening without any obstructions in the form of a vertical post between them.
In comparison to casement windows, in which you would have this obstruction, you can open both windows at the same time and enjoy uninterrupted views. Often these windows work best when you need two windows next to each other such as in the bedroom or kitchen.
The great thing about French casement windows is that when fully opened, you can flood in light and improve the airflow throughout the room, and when closed, you can keep the heat contained.
On average, you are likely to pay anywhere between £450 and £750, which makes it the most expensive casement window option, but if you are looking for a window that allows you to make the most of the outdoors when you want, but also keep it outdoors when necessary, then this is the best option by far.