Casement or Sash?
Jun 09, 2014
We often get many clients coming to us looking for new windows to match their property. They've decided that they need to update their current frames, but have no idea what they want at all. They turn to us and say, “should I get sash or casement windows?” and, well, it's hard to say really.
Both designs offer similar energy saving and noise reduction properties, and a lot of it comes down to the kind of aesthetic you would like. In some cases, the structure of the property will influence the decision, but there is no golden rule to fit all.
So we thought we would give you an outline of their properties, so you can decide for yourself which you think are the best for your home.
These are the kind that swing in or out like a door, and can either be hinged on the sides or on the top or bottom. In most cases these windows will require a large sill area to facilitate their use, with many narrow town houses unable to accommodate their structure. Those that can, however, get the benefit of being able to fully open their windows, which can attract 'side-breezes' into your property.
It is possible to get windows that will be fit into a sill-less property, though these are most likely to be bottom or top hung as opposed to being hinged on the sides.
In properties that do offer large sill areas, they definitely suit the aesthetic a lot more than sash windows do. That's the beauty of casement, it's a dynamic structure that can really add a depth to a room. It's also true that generally casement windows can come in fancier designs due to the fact that they are aren't restricted by their mechanism like sash windows are.
A drawback is that they can look a little dated. Casement windows were very popular in the last century and became almost ubiquitous, however recently we have seen a change in popularity back to sash frames. That said, our casement windows come in modern design and can really compliment a more contemporary property.
Well, pretty much opposite of the above. Sash windows are a great system that maximises space. They don't require large sills at all, meaning that those properties in inner cities that are lacking space will often benefit a great deal more from sash installation.
In the British climate, they also give you the option to open them only slightly, allowing in a breeze whilst keeping out any excess rain. Their design also means that by and large they are less susceptible to distortion due to the fact that they are encased within a box.
Whilst their popularity is on the rise, they also suffer from certain drawbacks, like being less secure; and more prone to drafts and rattling. However, with our designs and other modern advancements in technology, these issues are pretty much part of the past.