Casement Windows

Aug 20, 2021

Advantages and Disadvantages of Casement Windows

If you’re ready to have new windows installed on your home, you may be considering various window styles including casement. Like most window styles, casement windows come with multiple advantages and a few disadvantages. Let’s delve into what sets casement windows apart from other window types.

What are Casement Windows?

We have been installing casement windows in Lakeland for many years. This blog will provide a recap of why many of our customers choose to move forward with a casement window installation. It will also cover things to consider before moving forward with a casement window installation.

Casement windows are unique in that they hinge at the sides or top and open outward. These windows are sometimes referred to as “crank” windows because they often open with a mechanical crank or other feature. Unlike single or double hung windows that slide up and down, these windows open outward. After opening, a friction hinge is typically used to hold it open. We love Simonton and install their American made casement windows often. To see examples of these windows, visit their casement window page.

These windows work beautifully on their own, or you can pair them with another casement in the same frame. We sell many different windows and doors because each window/door has its own benefits… and drawbacks. Let’s get into the pros and cons of Casement windows below:

Advantages of Casement Window Installation

Our windows are:

Energy Efficient

These windows seal very tight, making them highly efficient. This equals a lower energy bill for the homeowner. It also has the added benefit of reducing noise from the outside.


The window opens using the handle mechanism (crank). This provides protection from “uninvited” guests. In addition, the locks of these windows are embedded into the frame of the window. While these windows are not impenetrable, they are pretty close. Making these ideal for a homeowner looking for additional security.

Unobstructed view

Because they do not require grilles or muntins for support, they provide an unobstructed view of the outside. This also provides optimal sunlight coming through and a nice clear view!


You can crack these windows outward or open them up completely. This allows you to manage the ventilation your home needs. The ability to open all the way offers maximum airflow and provides a solid advantage over other window types.


As you can imagine, these windows are easy to clean. They may not be as easy as cleaning double hung windows, but they are close. Cranking them out allows you to easily access the outside of the window without even needing to go outside.

Disadvantages of a Casement Window Installation

Disadvantages of casement windows include:

Size Limits

While it is a big bonus not having grilles or muntins, this also leaves them having a size limit. These windows are usually not very wide, which can be seen as a disadvantage in certain scenarios.


Casement windows are typically more expensive than other window types. However, there are a wide variety of casement windows. So, if you find casement windows that seem like a bargain, be weary of purchasing. Feel free to ask any of our team members. They would be happy to help you decide on the right casement window at the right price.

More points of failure

The crank itself may need maintenance more often than other windows, depending on how often they are used. The mechanism of the window itself does provide additional points of failure. While this is rarely an issue, the additional points may lead to a slightly higher repair rate than other windows.


This may be a rare disadvantage. Since these windows open all the way outward, they can lead to obstructing walkways. In addition, people walking by outside could bump them. Again, this could be completely mitigated depending on where the windows are installed.

Why are casement windows more expensive?

Casement windows are often more expensive than some other window types due to their design and construction. They typically feature a single large glass pane, which can be more costly to manufacture than multiple smaller panes found in double-hung or sliding windows.

Are casement windows harder to break into?

Casement windows can be more secure than other windows because they are hinged on the side and have a hook-shaped locking mechanism embedded in the frame, making them more difficult to force open from the outside.

Are casement windows safer than double-hung windows?

Casement windows are generally considered safe, but their safety compared to double-hung windows depends on various factors like installation and locking mechanisms.

Can wind damage casement windows?

Strong winds can potentially damage casement windows, especially if they are not properly secured or if the wind exerts excessive pressure on the window. However, when properly installed and locked, casement windows should withstand most typical wind conditions without damage.

Can you have screens with casement windows?

Casement windows can have screens installed on the inside or outside, depending on the design and preference.

Do casement windows let bugs in?

Casement windows can effectively keep bugs out when they are closed and properly sealed. However, when opened for ventilation, they may allow insects to enter.

Do casement windows last?

The lifespan of casement windows largely depends on their quality, maintenance, and environmental factors. Well-made casement windows can last for decades, provided they are well-maintained and not exposed to excessive wear and tear.

Should you purchase Casement windows?

Depending on your home and project, casement windows may be the perfect fit or a bad idea. It’s all dependent on the above pros and cons and, of course, your personal preference. They look great, but you may not want the crank, or you may want something larger. You may not like the price but are willing to make the move because of the appealing view. Either way, there are many benefits to new windows and doors.

Get Started Today

Whatever your preference is, we are happy to help. Contact us anytime and we’ll help guide you through your next window or door install in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Auburndale, Mulberry, or Bartow, Florida.

Give us a call at 863-337-5064