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The Pros (and Cons) of Casement and Double-Hung Windows

Casement and double-hung window systems are two of the most common units found in American houses. These units are totally different in almost every aspect, but each is special in its own way.


Which one should you use for your windows installation? Your friends at Renewal by Andersen of Atlanta shed light on the advantages of both units below.

Pros of Casement Windows

  • Maximum Ventilation – A casement window swings outward with a crank. It uses almost 100% of the wall opening to let fresh drafts in and push moist inside air out. The unit’s solitary sash can be adjusted in different angles to control breezes more easily.

  • Airtight Construction – After fixed glass units, casement windows are the most energy-efficient. The panel of every unit presses snugly against the frame, which minimizes air leakage dramatically.

  • Egress-Friendly Design – Renewal by Andersen of Atlanta recommends at least one casement unit for each finished room to meet the fire egress code. It is the most passable of all operating windows.

Pros of Double-Hung Windows

  • Architectural Versatility – The architectural styles of yesteryear generally used double-hung windows as the fenestration standard. Most traditional houses must have them for historical accuracy.

  • Easy Maintenance – Double-hung windows may be tall, but their sashes tilt in for painless cleaning. You can wash both sides of their glass from the inside.

  • Effective Stack Ventilation – These windows may not open as much as casement units do, but they capitalize on stack ventilation to regulate indoor temperature naturally. The higher they are, the more they serve as an effective exit for rising warm air.

Cons of Casement and Double-Hung Windows

Casement and double-hung units are not without drawbacks. The former are usually hard to clean because of the way they open while the latter are typically not as weathertight.

But Renewal by Andersen of Atlanta have neutralized these deficiencies through advanced technology. We can even use custom grilles to make casement and double-hung units indistinguishable to let you enjoy the best of both worlds.

To learn more about our windows and customization options, call us at (404) 491-0124 to set up your FREE in-home consultation. We serve clients in Atlanta and nearby areas.


"We are very pleased with the whole process of purchasing our windows - from the sales consultant, to the installation, to the finishing touches, to enjoying our beautiful windows"

Gerald & Jennifer, Cartersville GA (March 1)
May 25, 2016

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