Replacement casement windows will generally open outwards on a rotating handle controlled hinges, thus distinguishing them from their close rivals sash windows. In general, this category of windows will offer a considerable amount of light penetration as well as viewing space, especially with triple casement windows.
However, while the handle can easily open and close the window with little to no pushing or pulling, locating and choreographing the handle can be a little awkward and tricky, especially when you install blinds on your window openings.
Some of the items you would want to give serious consideration when choosing replacement casement windows include the type of materials used, effectiveness, and ease of installation. While cost is always the first major consideration many people would make, when choosing the most ideal casement replacement windows, you might want to give effectiveness precedence over cost.
Effectiveness can to a large extent be influenced by the building material that has been used. For instance, vinyl replacement windows are usually affordably priced than their steel counterparts, but the early versions of the same often presented a myriad of problems including insulation and leakage.
Thanks to technological advancements though, the quality and grade of vinyl has significantly improved over time such that insulation and leakage have become a minimal concern among homeowners today.
The other common type of these window materials are wood clad, aluminum, steel, and fiberglass. Generally, metal will conduct heat and moisture, meaning they will not be the best of insulators out there. Vinyl, fiberglass, and wood insulate very well, with wood topping the list of the best insulator.
On the flip side of the coin though, wood may rot over time once the paint starts to crack. So when looking for wood clad replacement windows, you might want to go for those with a vinyl covering to ensure the unit is durable and maintenance-free.
The other important consideration or rather, the other thing that determines the best replacement casement windows is the ease of installation plus the cosmetic appearance of the finished product. These are two major considerations that will help guide you to the right direction.
Back to the materials used, you will find that vinyl windows are easier to install compared to their metal or wood counterparts, because of the simple fact that vinyl has more give.
On the flip side of the coin, if you want to have a natural rustic appearance once the installation is done, and then wood will be your best bet, followed closely by the appearance of manufactured window materials. For instance, vinyl products are available in a variety of color and shades, meaning you will always be assured of consistency should any chips or breakage occur.