Casement, awning and Crank Window Selection
The casement window, commonly called crank window, opens on the side outward. This is the most popular model. It has the best waterproof seal since the window compress the weatherstripping when close and a multi-point locking system. On this type of window, the screen is on the inside.
The awning window also has a crank mechanism, but the hinges are installed horizontally in the upper part, thus it opens upwards, rather than sideways. This method of opening is very useful allowing natural ventilation in the house even when raining. This type of window is often suggested for the basement, in the bathroom or on top of a door as transom.
Ergonomically speaking, crank windows are recommended over the kitchen sink due to the distance between the edge of the counter and the windows.
The maximum size of a casement window panel is 36 inches by 74 inches. We must use reinforced hardware for such dimensions. For openings of larger dimensions, casement windows can be assembled to form a window that can have up to five (5) sections, or panels. It is also possible to add a fixed window above (transom).
This type of window is available in all materials used in the industry: PVC, aluminium, wood (pine and other species), hybrid. To learn more about the materials and their characteristics, see the Materials section.
With many possible tiling style, mullions and decorative crossbars available, casement windows can be designed to resemble hung sash windows.
It is possible to add "surface" crossbars, reproducing the tiling found in older wood windows to reproduce the original style. As the name suggests, the crossbars are placed over the glass, both on the inside as on the outside of the sealed unit (thermos). We can add spacers between the glass panes, aligned with the surface crossbars, to give more character to the window and enhance the realism of these aesthetic elements.
You can customize your windows by adding decorative glass, stained glass, architectural mouldings and even add matching architectural windows as transom or side panels.