Before you can compare the pros and cons of having casement windows or double hung windows in St. Louis, brush up on what they look like.
Casement windows use cranks to open and close. That means you can open them with one hand, and eat your toasted ravioli with the other.
They push open, extending beyond the envelope of your house. Casements are often used anywhere you need to reach to open a window. For example, casements work well above a kitchen counter since it's easier to turn a crank than lean over your deep-fryer and push a double-hung window. Double-hung windows move up and down in a frame. Some allow you to move both the top and bottom sashes, while others only let you move the bottom. Double-hung windows are all-purpose windows.
Benefits of Casement Windows
One of the main benefits of casement windows is that they look different! Many people find that a casement window adds a clean modern St. Louis style, especially since they don’t have the sash dividing the window like a double-hung window does.
If your home is contemporary, they may be a good choice. In terms of energy efficiency, casement windows create a seal so tight our cracker-thin pizzas couldn’t fit through them. When the casement window is closed, all four sides of its sash press firmly into the frame, stopping air leaks. That tight seal helps control your home’s temperature by keeping heating and air conditioning in, which is incredibly important for when the weather changes every 5 minutes.
If your existing windows let air into your home, you'll likely see a decrease in utility costs by switching to casement windows (which can make a huge difference around Mardi Gras season). Another convenience factor of casement windows is that they are among the easiest windows to open and close - a great benefit for older St. Louisans who might have trouble opening well-fastened windows.
Benefits of Double-Hung Windows
Double hung windows are flexible enough to work well in most rooms and home styles, and are a must for a home with an Old Courthouse level of history. They also accommodate window air conditioning units.
Casement windows cannot accommodate window air conditioners, so staying cool is trickier if you choose casements (You know, for the 25% of the year it isn’t cold already).
Double hung windows usually last longer with less maintenance required. If the crank on a casement window fails, you'll need to repair it before you can open the window. It doesn’t take a Moto Museum mechanic to fix, but it can still be costly in terms of materials. Since double-hung windows have fewer moving parts, there's less chance of mechanical failure.
Comparing Casement vs. Double-Hung Windows
Main benefits aside, here's how the two window styles stack up:
- Aesthetic - It's a draw. Some St. Louisans may be drawn to the more historic design of a double hung window, while some might be drawn to the simplistic, modern style of casement windows.
- Cleaning - It's a draw. Casement windows are fairly easy to clean. Simply crank open the window, then wash both sides from your home exterior. Modern double hung windows are fairly easy to clean as well, since they tilt in for simple cleaning. If you have old double hung windows, it may be difficult to remove the Missouri dust and dirt from the surface.
- Durability - Casement windows get exposed to the rain, wind and snow (sometimes at the same time around here) when they are open, so they can degrade faster than double-hung windows. The frame reduces double hung windows' exposure to the elements. For this reason, double hung windows are generally more reliable in St. Louis.
- Tight seal - Casement windows have an airtight seal when they're closed. Older double hung windows can allow air in through the top, but it shouldn’t be an issue when installing brand new windows. Consider this one a wash.
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