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Everything You Need to Know to Buy the Right Vertical Casement Window

Everything You Need to Know to Buy the Right Vertical Casement Window

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October 1, 2010

Awning windows are a great way to get fresh air into your house even when it's raining outside. Awning windows are a vertical casement window that is hinged at the top and opens via a crank from the bottom of the frame. Thus, you can have the window open even while a light rain cascades from the sky.

A vertical casement window makes a great addition to a kitchen, study, or game room.

How to Buy the Right Vertical Casement Window

  • Color. Window manufacturers sell awning windows in several exterior and interior color choices, as well as in stain-grade wood. You can always paint the frame to match your home's colors.
  • Hardware. Cranks come in many different styles. If possible, match hardware styles and colors to your existing casement windows.
  • Glass. Vertical casement windows from Marvin, one of the top manufacturers in the country, come standard with argon insulating glass. Anderson sells a vertical casement window with a variety of pane patterns.
  • Grids. Awning windows can either be ordered clear with no grids, or with diamond, colonial or prairie-style grids to fit the look of your home.

The most common awning windows are sold with picture-window glass to provide ventilation and the most viewing area. Because the window shuts by snugging tightly against the window frame, awning windows usually insulate against air leakage better than sliding windows. Like all windows, costs vary depending on construction material: vinyl and aluminum vertical casement windows are less expensive than wood awning windows.

If you are interested in adding vertical casement windows to your home, contact a window contractor for installation estimates.

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