Dec 17, 2020

Casement Windows vs Sliding Windows

Home window replacement is an undertaking most people only do a few times in their lifetime.  Whether it’s color, material, or style, there are numerous combinations to consider.  Some homeowners are surprised to learn that the new house windows do not have to be the same style of the ones they are replacing.  Casement and sliding windows are similar in the fact that they each provide unimpeded views.  However, there are few differences to consider before selecting one over the other.  Here’s what you need to know.

What’s the Difference Between a Casement Window and a Sliding Window?

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A casement window is hinged on the side and opens outward left or right.
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Sliding windows are operated by traversing a sash vertically or horizontally along the track.

Window Style Considerations:

Ventilation: If one of the primary goals of your window installation project is to increase the amount of ventilation within your home, a casement window proves to be a wiser choice than a sliding window.  Despite the fact that casement windows may not appear to open as far, their ability to open outward creates a pathway to bring fresh air into your home.  This is the reason casement windows are often located in the kitchen.

Energy Efficiency: Sliding windows are less energy efficient than casement windows.  This is because a sliding window must have a pliable seal on the top and bottom runners of the window which creates a gap that will allow some air to filter through.  Casement windows do not experience this issue because the locking mechanisms that are engaged when the window closes force the window sash to seal snugly against the window frame.

Maintenance: In the realm of maintenance, each window style has its own drawbacks.  Casement windows require attention to keep their cranks easily turning.  A common complaint about sliding windows is that their tracks can become littered with dust and dead insects.   

Price: A sliding window is a more cost-effective choice than a casement window.  This is because it has less hardware and accessories.  Sliding windows are also easier to install than a casement window because it just needs to slide up and down the track to be operational.

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Window Air Conditioner Use: Casement windows rarely can accommodate the size of a window air conditioner because they are unable to open far enough.

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Exposure to Mother Nature: Since casement windows open outward, the edges can come in contact with rain, snow, and direct sunlight.  The top edge is particularly vulnerable to weathering.  To avoid this, windows should quickly be closed in the event of inclement weather.  Sliding windows are trickier to weatherproof due to the fact the windows are on tracks.


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St. Paul, MN
April 17, 2020

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