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How To Decide Which Way Your Casement Windows Open

It may seem like a trivial thing compared to other window-related decisions you have to make, but deciding which way your casement windows open is actually quite important. You see, casement windows crank or pivot in one direction, making them a good alternative to sliding windows. What this means is how functional they end up being is entirely up to you.

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Consider Your Dominant Hand

When installing a casement window in an awkward or tight space, you will find that it’s a lot easier to open it if the crank is on the same side as your dominant hand. A right-handed person will find it a lot easier to operate a casement window with a crank that is also positioned on the right side, and vice versa.

Consider Ventilation

Catching a cross breeze is a great way to improve air quality and circulation around your house. You will need to have casement windows on different sides of your home that open in opposite directions. This configuration will give you the best chance to catch a breeze and improve ventilation. For the best results, keep your casement windows cranked at a 45-degree angle.

Consider Aesthetics

By aesthetics, we don’t just mean getting stylish new windows with a beautiful finish and trim. Most architects and interior designers agree that the hinged side of a casement window should be closest to the corner. This ensures that the windows open toward the middle, giving them the best look. Casement windows are one of the most elegant and stylish window styles available on the market. Don’t ruin their appearance by installing them the wrong way.

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