When deciding what style of window to put in your home, let the existing dimensional shape of the old window opening guide you to the best style available for you. In the 80s and 90s, many casement and awning windows were installed by builders; unfortunately, casement windows usually have to be replaced with casements.
There can be some drawbacks with older casements, however most of those drawbacks have been fixed by innovation. Premium vinyl casements windows and awning windows, such as those manufactured by Soft-Lite, are superior for several reasons:
First, it maximizes air flow and visibility because it swings outward to grab air passing by and brings it into the home.
Second, the casement dimensionally meets egress with the smallest size available by law. When egress is a must and you are limited by size, casements are your best option.
Third, unlike all the other window styles, casement and awning windows have their screens on the inside, which makes for easier removal.
Fourth, these are the only style windows that actually have a lever to tighten or compress the moving sash with Q-lon weather stripping - making it tighter than any other window. Consequently, the casement/awning is the most airtight of all styles of operating windows, which maximizes the warmth in the rooms to keep you comfortable year round.
One thing to be aware if is that most casements and awnings have ugly clips to hold their screen in place – but Soft-Lite is unique. With Soft-lite casement and awning windows, the unique pressure screen fits snuggly in the frame and stays in place. The rugged extruded screen frame is durable, plus color coordinated to match all six interior color options. You can also choose from 16 different glass options to make sure these windows meet or exceed the new ENERGY STAR requirements in your area.