Summer always flies by, doesn’t it? Hopefully you made your way through most of your bucket list—a trip to the beach, a night camping under the stars, maybe even planting a garden?

It’s great to start off the season with an ambitious list, but always a little sad to see the things you didn’t get around to doing. 

Don’t worry—you didn’t miss your window. Fall is an excellent time to change out your old windows and give your home an upgrade.

It’s the season for projects

When the dog days of summer are past, it’s a real joy to spend the afternoon outside working on the house. There’s the last of the garden’s bounty to gather up, and you’ll want to turn over the soil and put the garden to rest for the winter. Once the leaves start their changes, it’s time to rake and clean out the gutters. Working outside is part of the natural rhythm of fall. 

Our window installation teams love this time of year, too.

When the crews come out to remove your old windows, there’s less work involved with keeping your interiors a comfortable temperature. They don’t have to close off parts of the house to either the winter winds or blistering heat. There are even some caulks that are used in the installation process that set up better in fall temperatures. 

If you want ease in scheduling your home improvement take a look at the fall months. Coming into the spring months, there’s a mad dash to take on home improvement. On that first lovely spring weekend, you’d be hard pressed to get a parking spot at the home improvement store. 

Come September though, this starts to slow down and it’s much easier to get crews scheduled to come out to do work on the house. It’s a smart move.

It’s almost time to hibernate

Winter is the time when windows do a lot of their heavy lifting. If you spent last winter moving your furniture away from drafty windows, if you noticed your windows frosting up when it snows, or even if you’re tired of paying more for your heat, then you know it’s time to invest in energy efficient windows

Before the temperatures dip, upgrade to vinyl replacement windows. Vinyl is a natural thermal insulator, and transfers much less heat than materials like aluminum. Heat transfer is measured by something called U-value. 

If you look at the U-value and energy star ratings of different types of windows, you’ll see that vinyl replacement windows are a surefire way to lower your heating costs. This affordable, low-maintenance material will be a real blessing in just a few short months. 

Take on that vinyl replacement window project now and you’ll have a very cozy, comfy winter.  

Company is coming.

The fall is just one long ramp of holidays— from back-to-school it’s just a short time until Halloween. Next thing you know, you’re taking the Thanksgiving turkey out of the oven, and suddenly it’s the Christmas season.  

You’re going to need to get the house ready for guests. This fall, go beyond buying a new welcome mat and setting out a pumpkin. Getting new windows installed can give a whole new feeling to your home. New windows will boost your curb appeal—to say nothing of how much it can alter the feeling of the inside of your home. 

Rethinking the layout and size of your windows changes the light inside your home. A new window can make a small, dark room suddenly feel cheerful and spacious. 

Imagine curling up right next to an energy efficient vinyl window this fall, watching the leaves change in your backyard. When the winter days are shortest, the additional light new windows bring will be most welcome.

Window Nation is ready to get you on the schedule. We can walk you through this whole process, help you choose just the right energy efficient vinyl windows for your home, and get them installed just in time for a very cozy winter. 

Most big home improvement projects start with a whim—a little moment of, “Wouldn’t it be nice if…”. 

Sometimes they start with a tiny twinge of envy when you see a breathtaking home in a magazine, or when your neighbors invite you over to see their improvements. 

Many home improvement projects never get past the initial fantasy stage.  After all, the next step is a tricky one: how are you going to pay for it? It’s a challenge to get out the pencil and calculator and figure out if this dream makes financial sense. 

A project that satisfies the wallet and the heart is a rare find. One of the smartest, and most satisfying projects is investing in modern replacement windows

Here’s the math to back it up. 

You’ll get a serious return on investment.

Someday in the future, you may need to put your house on the market. When that day comes, you’ll be forced to do all of those little nagging projects on the list. You’ll be shelling out money to make your house fancy for someone else. 

Why not do the improvements now, and enjoy your own dream house? The crazy thing is, if you are smart about where you spend your improvement dollars, you’ll get much of that money back when your house sells. 

This handy little piece of accounting is called, Return on Investment (or “ROI” for those in-the-know). You aren’t going to get a high ROI if you build a greenhouse for your rare orchid collection, or a music studio for your burgeoning singing career—but everyone loves windows

Window upgrade projects have one of the highest ROI of any home improvement project. Every year, Remodeling Magazine rates home improvement projects for ROI, and window upgrades consistently make the top of their list.  

It seems we all want high-quality, energy-efficient windows

Save a little every month on comfort.

The US Department of Energy calculated that a window’s heat loss or gain is responsible for 25%-30% of residential energy use.  The more worn-out your windows are, the higher the percentage. 

What if this window upgrade project came with a coupon? That coupon saved you money on your air conditioning bills every summer, and on your heating every winter. The coupon never expires, and over time saves you more and more. You’d be clipping that coupon out of the Sunday paper for sure, right? 

Energy Star, the government program designed to help us all cut down our energy usage, reports that upgrading to energy efficient windows will save the average homeowner $125- $340 per year. Definitely worth factoring that into your math. 

Let someone else pick up part of the tab.

Energy efficiency isn’t just a smart move for your comfort, it’s a smart move for our world. It’s in everyone’s best interest to lower energy consumption— so much so, that there are government programs designed to incentivize your window upgrade. 

While Uncle Sam has no interest in your wallpaper choices, he’d really like to lessen the load on the power grid. The Energy Star website has a friendly interface that will walk you through the whole process. 

You might be surprised to learn that your local energy company is also interested in window upgrades. It just takes a quick glance at their website (or actually reading all those flyers that come with the monthly bill….) to learn if your power company wants to help foot the bill. Many energy companies offer rebates or credits on window replacement. 

A wise investment.

If you add up the ROI, factor in the monthly energy savings, minus-out local and national rebates and credits, that fun little fantasy of home window replacement starts to come into focus. This is a very smart way to spend your money, make day-to-day life more comfortable, and give your home a real glow-up. 

Window Nation is ready to walk you through the process. Our website has a feature that’ll show you what those new windows will look like in your home, and we can talk about which windows make the most sense for your climate and budget. 

Window Replacement is a project for the head and heart. Let’s take it on. 

Congratulations on your new home! New construction— that’s a big deal. Nothing beats the feeling of picking out all the little details of a home. 

You’re not inheriting anyone’s worn-out choices. You can stand in the middle of your living room, take a big breath and feel good. 

Question though: did you opt for a window upgrade package? If the answer is no, then you’ve got builder-grade windows. And while you may not have inherited anyone else’s out-of-date design decisions, you’ve inherited sub-par windows. Builder-grade windows were chosen with only one thing in mind: your builder’s profit margin. 

How long do builder-grade windows last? 

What’s the big deal? At first glance, your windows seem fine. After all, they’ve got glass and they keep the rain out, right?

Those windows have a clock on them. While a quality window will last thirty years, you’re looking at about five out of builder-grade windows. If you try to stretch it to ten years or beyond you’ll be living with worn-out windows. 

What are the signs of a worn-out window?

The issues with builder-grade windows often start out small. It may be as simple as needing to jiggle the window to open it. If the window feels a bit sticky or you’re showing off your biceps trying to get it open, it’s a sure sign that the frame is starting to go. 

The next thing you know, the locks get a little persnickety, or the window won’t stay open. Faulty locks would make anyone start to get nervous. Now you’ve graduated to a hardware problem. 

Once the frame and hardware start to go, you can be pretty sure that your window’s seal is worn out. The window will always look just a bit foggy or milky, and no amount of scrubbing will get it clean. On humid days, the window will have condensation. When the weather is cold, your windows are covered in frost. On either end of the spectrum, the room is no longer comfortable. The window is not functional.

Why not wait it out?

There are some things that can save you money if you wait. We’ve all been there— you try to stretch the time before your next haircut and wear a baseball cap for a few days. No big deal. 

With builder-grade windows however, once they start to break down you’re throwing good money away. You’ll slowly start adjusting the dials on your thermostat to make your home comfortable. A little more heat or a little more air conditioner and it’s like there’s a builder-grade window tax you’re paying every month. 

The reasons to replace those windows?

If you live on a loud block getting replacement windows can cut down on noise. You’ve heard the saying that “good fences make good neighbors”? Well, replacement windows make quiet neighbors. 

A home that’s able to maintain a consistent temperature is one you can really relax in. It feels good and it makes fiscal sense. Energy efficient windows will lower your monthly bills. If you sit down with your pencil and calculator, you can see just how much of a return on investment this home improvement project is.

Is there one room in your home that is just too dark? Would you like to enjoy more of a view of your backyard? Replacing your builder-grade windows is a great opportunity to rethink what you want out of these windows. You can upgrade your curb appeal, and make your home feel more spacious and light. 

If there’s a folder you keep with all of the paperwork for your house, check to see if your builder grade windows came with any kind of warranty. Most builder grade windows have short warranties compared to quality windows. 

You can always decide to play the warranty game, and keep calling every time these windows break down, but if you’ve got better things to do, get on top of this home window replacement project now.

Trade for a better grade

Window Nation regularly helps homeowners trade builder-grade windows for high-quality windows they’ll really love. Don’t wait on this one. Give us a call, and we’ll walk you through the whole process. 

One of the biggest selling points of brand new windows? Energy efficiency.

You’ve probably heard the claims, “Lower your monthly energy bills and help Mother Earth!” and  “Windows have an awesome return on investment!”

But let’s look at the hard science for a minute here. What do people mean when they say windows are energy efficient? And what’s the supporting science?

Simply put, your windows act as barriers. In the winter they keep the cold out, and in the summer they keep the cold in. 

So what exactly allows them to do that? And why might one type of window be better at it?

Let’s talk about heat transfer

You may have been asleep in science class the day the laws of thermodynamics were explained, but we all know that your hot coffee is eventually going to come to room temperature. On a hot day, the ice cubes in your drink are going to melt. This phenomenon is called heat transfer. 

A well-made window acts like a thermos, and cuts down on heat transfer.

Windows are made up of two parts— the glass and frame. Because the glass takes up the majority of the space, it has a big role to play in heat transfer. 

Scientists have been hard at work on window glass. A simple single-pane glass window will allow 85%-90% of heat to pass through it in either direction. If we double up the glass only 67%-73% of heat passes through. Triple it up and you’re down to 57-65%. However, you can’t go too crazy here or the window gets too heavy to open. 

How about altering the glass itself? Scientists found that if they baked a little bit of tin or silver oxide into the glass they could keep your home more comfortable. Metal reflects solar energy. The standard is two layers of silver per window, but you can get three if you’re really serious. At the high end, if you get triple silver low-e reflective coating, you only let 2-5% of the heat pass through. Impressive. 

But let’s think beyond the glass, shall we?

Frame and sash material

How about the material that holds the glass in place?

Imagine it’s a hot day and you see a shiny metal park bench. No way you are sitting on that thing— you’d burn your bottom. Wooden park benches are much more tempting. Metal conducts heat, and is a poor choice for window sash material. Wood window frames are about twelve times more energy efficient than metal. 

However, wood and metal windows don’t have weather stripping. They still aren’t the best material to surround your glass. Without weather stripping, you’ll have a drafty window. 

Vinyl is the big break-through material. Insulated vinyl framing is about four times more efficient than wood. The weather stripping can be built right into the vinyl. There’s no need to use adhesives that can break down over time. 

Let’s put all that new science vocab into one big show-off sentence: 

The most energy efficient windows cut down on heat transfer and are made with insulated vinyl frame material and glass with silver oxide-based low emissivity coatings.  

Check out the big brain on you. 

Be an Energy Star

The good news is that someone has already done the leg work on energy efficiency. 

Energy Star is a program run by the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy that researches energy efficiency. They run independent trials on dishwashers, refrigerators, and yes, windows. In 2019 alone, ENERGY STAR worked to help Americans save almost $39 billion dollars in energy costs.

If you check out their website, they’ll give you suggestions for windows for your region, and let you know just how heavy duty you need to go for your climate

Don’t let them leak

Remember that thermos keeping your coffee hot? The best thermos in the world does you no good if you don’t screw the lid on tight. Carelessly throw that thermos in a backpack and you’ve got coffee everywhere. 

The best window in the world will leak if not installed properly. Proper window installation is key. Every window installation team at Window Nation is factory trained. We specialize in window replacement— and have installed over one million windows since 2006. 

We’ll make sure the most energy efficient windows are the windows proudly hanging in your home. 

Give us a call. 

If you’ve gone through the whole pro-and-con list of tackling a window replacement project, then energy efficiency was most likely high up in the pro column. The more energy efficient your windows are, the comfier your house will be, and the lower your monthly energy bill will be. 

Pro list: Comfy home, lower monthly bills, high return on investment. Check. 

The next stage is deciding exactly what kind of windows you want. Sure you could just buy the same style your house came with, but where’s the fun in that? Slider windows have a lot going for them. Let’s break it down—

A Slider Window Anatomy Lesson

At the risk of being remedial, slider windows are called sliders…because they slide open. They’re like your sliding glass patio door, but in window form. Your home may currently feature the more common double hung windows that open from the bottom to the top, but slider windows open from side to side. 

Your ardent slider window fans will tell you that they’re easy to open, easy to clean, and give you a nice uninterrupted view of the outdoors. Because the mechanism that slides open is a bit simpler than other types of windows, they can also be a more affordable option. Once you factor in the energy efficiency boost, the price looks even more handsome.

If you really want to know what makes these windows energy efficient, you’ll need to zoom in even closer to look at each part of the window. The details are where these really shine. 

That Glass Works Hard 

The main thing you are combating when it comes to glass is heat transfer. You want that glass to act as a barrier between the weather outside and the temperature you’re paying for indoors. Slider windows get energy efficiency points because the glass is Low-E coated; it reflects the infrared light and cuts down on heat transfer. 

Depending on the climate where you live, you can double—or triple!—the layers of glass on your slider windows. We’ve all heard of double-paned windows. Double-paned glass reflects twice as much heat back into the house on cold winter days, and triple reflects—you guessed it—three times as much. 

If you choose layered glass, they’ll fill the space between the panes with 98.8% Krypton gas. That gas insulates the air between the panes and prevents heat transfer to keep your home even more comfortable. 

As a side bonus, all this hard-working glass will also reduce street noise inside your home. Now that’s certainly a perk—especially if you have particularly rowdy neighbors. 

The Sash Material is Key

The term “sash material” refers to everything surrounding the glass. The overall design of a slider window is pretty straightforward, and with fewer moving parts there are fewer opportunities for air leakage and wallet drainage. But your sash material is also going to help with energy efficiency. 

Window Nation slider window sash materials are made out of heavy-duty vinyl. Each corner is fused together using a four-point welder at high temperatures. Vinyl really blocks out the weather, and holds up in the long term. Our slider vinyl windows are made with an ultra-compression weather seal and have polypropylene poly-fin weatherstripping. They mean business. 

When you close a single hung window from the top, the window just sits on the sash. But if you look at the closing side of a sliding window, you can see that when you shut it, the two sides are intricately fitted to each other. They have a smartly engineered interlock system that seals up the window extra tight—a perk for your energy efficiency as well as home security. 

The fit is everything

Of course, the most energy-efficient windows in the world can’t do their job if they aren’t installed correctly. In fact, the warranty on your windows could be null if you don’t get the right team out. Window Nation has installed over one million windows since 2006. Not to brag? But it’s kind of our thing. We factory train every installer, and our professionals have an average of 16 years of experience. 

No matter your priorities, Window Nation has the right windows for you. When you’re juggling your choices in regards to design, cost, and energy efficiency, we’re always happy to talk with you and make sure you understand your options. Give us a call today, and ensure you’re getting the best windows for your home.

You know that list of things you’d like to do to your home? The painting, the landscaping, the new flooring? Perhaps you haven’t really thought about your windows — perhaps the windows your house came with seem “good enough”. 

Builder grade windows are the cheapest windows out there, and they’re made with low grade materials. They were “good enough” to get the house sold, but they aren’t made to last. After all, they were chosen to maximize your contractor’s profit margin! 

You might get a few years out of these inferior windows, but it’s definitely a good idea to get this window replacement project to the top of your home improvement list.  

Here’s why:

7. Get rid of drafts

You might notice this one on a cold winter morning—builder grade windows can leak cold air right into your home. When your old window insulation wears out, and the materials around the glass start to break down, the cold air will cause you to shiver no matter how high you crank the heat. 

Seal up those drafts with an upgraded replacement window. 

6. Let the light shine in

Is there anything more pleasant than staring out your window and daydreaming? If your lovely view of the backyard starts to look a bit hazy, then the window has worn out.

Once the seal around the glass starts to break down, the glass will fog up. While there may be ways to wipe away the condensation, you’ll need to add this task to your regular chore rotation. 

Upgraded windows will stay bright and clear, and they’re designed for easy cleaning

5. Cut down on street noise 

Yes, everyone has heard the classic saying — real estate is all about location, location, location. 

If your neighborhood is louder than you bargained for, you don’t have to pack up and leave. Replacing your windows is a sneaky-good work around. Upgraded windows will come with upgraded glass. 

Thicker, better glass has noise reducing qualities and can lower the volume significantly. 

4. Play decorator 

Builder grade windows are one size fits all. They usually open just from the bottom, and come in just a few standard sizes. 

They probably weren’t your architect’s dream choice, and you may discover they aren’t yours either. Maybe the window over your bathtub wants to slide open from the side, or maybe that dark corner in the living room needs a larger window. 

It’s time to get out of those cookie cutter windows and into something a bit more custom. You know your home well at this point. Upgrading can really liven things up- you’ll boost your curb appeal and change the whole experience of a room. 

3. Enjoy a stronger warranty

A good, dependable warranty is like having health insurance for your windows. You’ll know that for the length of that warranty you have a promise that your windows will be as lovely and dependable as the day they were installed.  

There are plenty of other things to fuss and fix around the house — a warranty on a set of upgraded windows means you won’t have to think about your windows for a good long time. 

2. Increase your home’s resale value

Every real estate posting comes with a list of recent upgrades. 

While installing a stylish new lighting fixture is fun, you know you’re looking at a well-maintained home when you see the windows haven’t been forgotten. 

Because the warranties on replacement windows are nice and long, this is an upgrade that will increase your home’s resale value for a long time. 

1. Lower your Energy bills

You might already be thinking about upgrading, but nervous about the cost. Here’s the thing — you pay for your windows every month when you write that check to the energy company.

Upgrade to energy efficient windows and watch your monthly energy costs go way down.  Energy efficient windows are better for the environment, they make your home more comfortable throughout the year, and pay for themselves over time. Smart.

Give us a call at Window Nation and we’ll talk you through the next steps of this process. Let’s get you out of those builder grade windows, and into some windows you’ll really love.

There’s nothing more crazy-making than wasted money—especially of the ongoing variety. You know: the subscription service that never got cancelled, the gym membership no one uses, the newspaper delivery that goes straight to recycling. It’s a slow financial leak. 

It’s so satisfying to find those leaks and plug them up. 

Here’s a tip: your windows might be costing you money—especially if they’re builder-grade

What do we mean by builder-grade? 

Builder-grade windows are supposed to be the windows you don’t need to think about. After all, when you moved into your home there were plenty of other things going on! So your contractor installed some stripped-down, no-frills, lower-quality windows for you. Thanks a lot. 

Builder-grade windows are usually single pane units that only open from the bottom, and they’re probably standard size. One size fits all. Builders don’t really work for you—after all, it’s a volume business. The more corners a builder can cut, the higher the profit margins. Get that builder-grade window in there and call it a day. 

These builder-grade windows are made to last just long enough that the builders are out of the picture, and they often don’t come with full warranties. Homeowners can maybe look at getting about five years out of these inferior windows—and those are five leaky, drafty years. 

A little backstory on those windows

Let’s take a time machine back to the day those windows were installed. Well, “installed” is probably a generous term. 

In the industry, the slang term for installing windows is “slapping” them in. The slapper, as it were, is the same person who did your framing. Installing windows is not their specialty. 

There are several important steps in the installation of a window—a trained installer will make sure your window is properly leveled, sealed and insulated. This takes time and expertise. 

Most building crews want to work as fast as possible to maximize their profits—a few screws in the flange and it’s good enough for them. It’s not surprising that the work is often sloppy and steps get skipped. 

Be on the lookout for these warning signs

Are there rooms in your house that are never really comfortable? Rooms that are hard to regulate the temperature within? Before you crank up the thermostat again, take a minute to wonder whether it could be that the window isn’t doing its job

Take a close look at your windows—can you see light around the edges of the sashes? Check in the middle where the two panes meet, and in the bottom corners. There’s your leak

Are your windows tough to close? Cheap windows are made with cheap parts. Cheap parts wear out quickly. Once those window mechanisms start to go, you won’t get a good seal anymore, and the cold air will rush in. 

Another big tell is fogging issues. If your glass always looks a little milky or steamy, then you have a window that’s costing you extra money each month. 

Builder-grade windows are made with cheap vinyl. Once the vinyl starts going, the seal around the glass unit fails, and water penetrates the panes. Even if you go down some Google rabbit hole on how to clean foggy windows, you’ll still be left with a drafty room. This isn’t a cleaning issue—this is a failed window. 

It’s time to level up

Windows aren’t just window dressing—they’re your partners in energy efficiency. Once you make the decision to get replacement windows, you’ll get a product that suits your climate, vinyl that won’t break down, and installation you can trust. 

You probably keep a wish list of upgrades for your home. Upgrading your builder-grade windows deserves to be in first place. Think in terms of return on investment. Get those windows upgraded now, and you won’t be throwing good money after bad. Sooner rather than later is a smart move when it comes to window replacement. 

Window Nation will walk you through the whole process. We know which windows are the most energy efficient for your climate, our installation teams are factory trained, and all of our windows and labor come with warranties. 

We’ll make sure the work is done right this time. 

By increasing the energy efficiency of your Cincinnati home, you can reduce your energy bills, save money, and do some good for the planet. There are many ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home, and replacing old windows is one of the more popular methods for Ohio homeowners. When it comes to selecting new windows, you might be wondering, “are casement windows energy efficient?”

What’s special about casement windows?

Casement windows are the most energy-efficient style of window that’s meant to be opened (picture windows are more efficient, but they’re designed to stay closed).

Casement windows offer high levels of energy efficiency because of the design: these windows have a strong seal on all four sides. When a casement window is closed, the sash presses tightly against the frame so the frigid Cincinnati air can’t pass through. A strong gust of wind can actually press the sash and frame closer together.

Other types of windows are not designed to seal so tightly because of the way they open by sliding along a track. While modern replacement windows from Window Nation are all designed to be energy efficient, older windows in need of replacement can be a source of unwanted energy leakage. It’s like the pothole-filled roads of Cincy: the more they’re ignored, the more costs they’ll incur over time.

When a window doesn’t seal securely, air can leak in between the sash and the frame. In the winter, cold air from outside can leak into your home while heated air can escape. To stay comfortable, you’ll need to turn up the thermostat. In the summer, the reverse happens, (though in Ohio, it’s a bit less of a concern) and you might need more air conditioning to stay comfortable. The more heat or air conditioning you use, the larger your energy footprint and the higher your energy bills.

Choosing energy-efficient windows.

While casement windows are already highly efficient due to their design, you can make them even more energy efficient. Just select windows that complement their energy-efficient traits as well as orange compliments black.

  • Low-e glass: Low-e or low emissivity glass coating is designed to bounce the sun’s rays away from your Ohio home in summer, to reduce solar heat gain. The same coating reflects the heat inside your home so that it doesn’t leak through the window.
  • Argon gas infill: Argon gas infills insert argon gas between panes of the window. Argon is less conductive than normal air, so it actually reduces the amount of heat or cold that passes through the window. It can be a real lifesaver for the humid Cincinnati haze. 
  • Double or triple pane casement windows: Adding additional panes of glass to a casement window increases its energy efficiency by sandwiching more layers of insulating air or gas between the inside and outside of your home.
  • Energy Star label: Look for the Energy Star label to indicate casement windows that are constructed using best design practices and energy-efficient materials.

Browse casement windows

It doesn’t matter if you’re from East Side or West Side; if you’re looking for replacement windows in your Cincinnati home, we have you covered. Upgrade to energy-efficient casement windows now to see lower utility bills and save more money to put towards Skyline Chili. Explore styles of casement windows today, or contact us for a free estimate for replacement windows.

When you think about replacement windows in NoVa, you probably think about double-hung windows or bays and bows. But a less common – though equally as good – choice is casement windows They offer the same benefits as double hung windows; however, they open outwards using a crank instead of being lifted up and down. Casement windows from Window Nation are available in a variety of styles and colors, guaranteeing the perfect fit for your lifelong Northern Virginia home. Your casement windows will also save you money on your energy bills (despite the humid Virginia weather) thanks to their airtight seal keeping your home comfortable. If you’re considering a window replacement project, consider replacing your old, outdated windows with replacement casement windows from Window Nation. We understand you may have questions about your windows, and we’re here to help.

When Do I Use Casement Windows?

Because casement windows open outwards using a crank it’s best to use casement windows in open areas. Casement windows are not recommended in areas close to a garage or somewhere with heavy foot traffic, like areas close to a deck, balcony, front porch, or Busch Gardens (if you live that close, we’re jealous). You might also consider using a casement window in an area where you’re looking to increase the airflow in your home. These windows open wider than double-hung windows, allowing for more ventilation.

Are Casement Windows Safe?

Casement windows are among the safest windows on the market thanks to their airtight seal and multi-point locking system. So after a day of driving in the deplorable Virginia traffic, you can feel safe in your NoVa home. These windows can also serve as egress windows, serving as an exit in case of fire. Casement windows are often used as egress in locations where space is limited, like basements.

Are Casement Windows Low Maintenance?

Casement windows from Window Nation are low maintenance and easy to clean which is great for the often inclement NoVa weather. Our casement windows are available in vinyl styles, built using high-quality virgin vinyl that will look brand new for years to come. Vinyl casement window frames can be cleaned using just warm soapy water. Your windows can also be cleaned from the inside by simply cranking your window open and removing your window screen.

Can Casement Windows be Repaired?

Most casement window issues are caused by problems with the crank, making it difficult to open your window. In most cases, casement window cranks can be easily repaired. Casement windows from Window Nation are covered by a lifetime warranty, keeping your windows protected for the time you live in your Virginia home. Our dedicated customer service team will help fix any issues you may have with your windows, leaving your windows good as new.

Can Casement Windows Open Inward?

Casement windows can open both inwards and outwards; however, casement windows that open inwards are known as inswing casement windows and are not the same as standard casements. If you’re interested in an inswing casement window, be sure to tell your exterior design consultant at the time of your appointment.

What are French Casement Windows?

Double casement windows, also known as French casement windows, are two side-by-side casement windows that open from the center. Like picture windows, these windows do not have a center post, creating an unobstructed view. We recommend double casement windows for homeowners looking to create a view as large and scenic as Luray Caverns.

What are Flush Casement Windows?

While modern casement windows have a “lip” when the windows are closed, flush casement windows are an older style of window that appears flat and flush with the frame when closed. These windows were popular in older, cottage-style homes that are common in NoVa but are seeing growth in popularity in modern and contemporary homes.

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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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