What is the Best Type of Replacement Windows on the Market?casement windows for sale
Fargo Casement windows provide you with the maximum light and fresh air. They are installed with a side hinge and are opened with casement window cam handles. You just crank the handle and the cam moves the connected arm to open the window as much or as little as you like. When closed the cam locks the window closed even if you have a separate locking mechanism.
The Fargo easement window cam handles come in two types. One is locked onto the cam crank with a set screw and the other just snaps in place. If you apply too much torque to the handle you can break off the teeth inside the casement window cam handles and you will need to get a replacement handle.
If it is an older casement window the teeth or gear in the crank cam can get broken inside and either the handle will just rotate around without opening or closing the window. If this happens you will need to replace the entire cranking cam.
By converting to a push open window you can save the cost of replacing the entire window.
Advantages And Disadvantages Of Window Casements: Things To Consider
When we are talking about Push-Out windows what we really mean is pull-in, because that is how you actually open the window. From the handle you pull the window sash in to open the window. There are some actual Push-out windows where you open the casement windows out instead of in. When you are using a true "Push-out" window you will have a locking arm attached through the frame of the screen that is on the inside of the window frame. You can push the window open and lock it in place with the locking arm. If you have a push-out window that opens inwards, the screen will be on the outside so you won't be letting any bugs or flies in.
Over time you will need to replace some of the push-out window hardware. This could be the locking arm and rail, or it could be the handle and lock mechanism. You may also need to replace the hinges on a window mounted vertically. Most hardware or home stores will carry the push-out window hardware that you need and usually it is a simple matter of unscrewing the existing hardware and replacing it with the new hardware.
You will occasionally need to replace the hinges. You will want to make sure you get high friction hinges that are made for casement windows whether they are the push-out or the hand crank type. You can get individual push-out window hardware parts or you can buy a kit that will come with a locking arm and rail, a modern handle and a lock mechanism handle. The cost of the kit is not much more than you would pay for the individual parts and you can always keep the extra parts on hand against the need for them at some later date.
Casement Window Cam Handles
We all have to have a roof over our heads don't we? Most of us are lucky that we have, but is it a house or a home?
A house provides shelter for us and our family but a home provides much more. Walking towards your house/home after working all day, is it an attractive prospect or is it just somewhere to get out of the rain and sit down? The reason I ask is that so often you get the wrong advice usually from people who benefit out of it.
I have recently moved to Swansea where there are some lovely little terraced cottages - my wife and I have bought one - with stone walls, a slated roof (someone was given bad advice and put tiles on ours!), chimneys, timber sash and casement windows, flagstone path, good quality timber door, etc., etc. But I see whole rows which have been covered in beige cement roughcast, whole streets of them, all the same.
Hardly any chimneys remain in some streets with uPVC windows and doors, concrete paths, totally devoid of their original character. A terrace near to us was stripped of its old cement render and the stonework exposed. I had high hopes of it being repointed in lime mortar and shining but, no, beige cement roughcast accompanied the uPVC windows and removal of the chimney stack so we now have a faceless roughcast box in its place.
Sash and casement windows are known as being draughty but this again is good for you and your home, maybe no so good for your heating bills though. Maybe you should expect to be wearing a jumper indoors in the winter and not flip-flops and shorts like my son used to. Old windows can be draught-proofed and double glazed units can be fitted to the same frames however double-glazing salesmen are NEVER going to offer you that option.
If you have a limited budget, as most of us have, it is cheaper to refurbish, repair, mend, decorate, fix, etc., than it is to replace, short and long-term. There is as much value and a great deal more social history in your terraced cottage than there is in the Colosseum or Buckingham Palace so, how about taking some free advice and please consider the consequences of removing something that helps make your house into a home. Or even calling for some advice or to discuss a survey.