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An Expert Guide for Those Curious About Casement Windows | Golden Windows

Are you someone who can tell the difference between a casement or a double hung window? Maybe you are an expert in home repair and maintenance and know all the ins and outs of window styles. Maybe you know a good window when you see one, and that’s about all you can say on the subject.   

Regardless of the window style, the size, the type of latches and locks, and the materials of the window frame, the light that all windows allow into a home is so important. Natural light transforms a room into a bright and airy space where it feels good to spend your time. Additionally, lots of natural lighting in a room makes a space look fantastic and cuts down on electricity costs that would otherwise be spent on lightbulbs and the like.

Windows also help to control the temperature of your home, and they can be used as a tool to heat your home. During the winter, the sun warms up our homes thanks to the greenhouse effect. And with the unpredictable, harsh, and varied climate of the southern Ontario region being what it is, who would say “no” to some extra help keeping the house warm during the winter months?

Your windows are also a major part of your home’s outdoor curb appeal, style, interior design, and furniture layouts. People thrive in homes with big windows that allow for lots of sunlight to brighten up the indoors. The natural light improves our mood, regulates our sleeping schedule, and lets us grow some happy and healthy plants that improve the quality of our indoor air.

 

Benefits of Casement Windows

What is a casement window and how is it different from other window models? Casement windows open outward completely, allowing you to direct natural airflow into your home. They can also be opened at any desired angle that directs the outdoor breeze where you’d like. They also feature a multi-point locking system, which allows one locking point to control multiple locks on the window for additional security. This window system is combined with roto-operators, which provides an unbelievable ease of operation.

Casement windows also provide a full view almost like a picture window, and they have excellent locking systems embedded into their frames, making it very difficult to break into from the outside. At the same time, the locking system means that you can shut the windows without worrying about the safety of and young children indoors.

 

Casement Window Screens and Cranks

Window screens are not used everywhere around the world, but in Canada it’s a big part of our infrastructure. Residential buildings benefit greatly from screens in their windows, which keep away bugs and mosquitos as well as some pollen or plant matter that would otherwise blow into your home. Your screens will be discreet and shouldn’t obstruct your view out the window, but if you want to really open things up, consider temporarily removing the screens.

When you have updated and well-maintained casement windows, you’ll find that they are easy to operate, which means taking the screens out temporarily (whether to clean them, access the window pane for cleaning, or to just enjoy the openness of a screen-less window) won’t be a hassle. The cranks, as well, will be easy to use, making the casement window ideal for those who want to open up their home to the outdoor breeze without having to use their muscles to lift heavy windows.

Modern casement windows are outfitted with a hand crank that sits on the window sill and allows you to open and close the unit by simply turning the crank. The cranks are made to match your décor and the other fixtures in your home. They can also fold down neatly onto the base of the crank and lie flush with the windowsill, so they can be as discreet-looking as you like.

 

Controlling Temperature and Humidity

Window screens allow us to enjoy all the benefits of fresh air and ventilation without inviting insects and pollen into our home. A lack of control when it comes to the amount of moisture in your home can lead to problems. Have you ever had any water damage occur as a result of a leaking pipe behind a wall? Or maybe you’ve had the misfortune of an incorrectly installed dishwasher turning your kitchen into a kiddie pool. If so, you know how troublesome it can be to solve these issues.

Regardless, water where it isn’t supposed to be can be a serious issue for any homeowner to deal with. It can lead to mold and mildew build-up that can aggravate your lungs and pose health risks to your family. One of the great things about casement windows is the way they extend out from the home and how it the panes catch the wind, re-directing it indoors. As a result, this style gives homeowners the ability to control the humidity and temperature in the house I ways that typical slider windows cannot. This is important because of how much moisture, in the wrong amounts, can harm a home. An overly dry atmosphere is uncomfortable and can be harmful to hardwood fixtures in the house, but a moisture problem of too much water/vapour is also problematic.

 

Moisture Issues in the Home

When moisture is allowed to come into contact with the wood material of your frames for a prolonged amount of time, that’s when you end up with wood rot. It can be discouraging to notice wood rot in your home, especially since it demands immediate attention. If there’s wood rot around your window, then it’s time to take a close look at what’s happening in and around the unit. Perhaps there’s a condensation issue that has led to water collecting and seeping into the walls, or it could be an issue with plumbing behind the walls.

Sometimes leaks in a home happen when water is able to pass through from the wall or from the roof and into the structure of the home. Water pools in corners and crevices, which can lead to the frames rotting, which can then lead to weakened home structure and serious damage and repair costs. Assessing the space will allow you to identify the issue and then come up with an adequate solution. 

 

When the Moisture Becomes Mold

If you see some black substance in the materials surrounding the glass in your windows, that’s mold. When you see mold, you know right away that there is a moisture problem with the home, possibly from excessive humidity and inadequate ventilation. If you have an extreme case of mold you should contact a professional in order to avoid compromising your health. Mold will need to be removed from your home because of the health risks associated with breathing in the contaminated air.

People who are sensitive to molds in the air can experience throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, and all the other side effects of allergies. Family members that have delicate or compromised immune systems can even end up with chronic lung illness or serious infections in their lungs from exposure to the mold.

If you see spores on your windows, you also have to be open to the possibility that they are growing in other places, too. It’s possible that there is an invisible mold issue, which is why it’s so crucial to have the right window and door units for controlling the moisture and ventilation in your house.

 

Mold Issues and Your Home

As it concerns your house, untreated moisture damage can easily spread through the infrastructure because of wood’s absorbency. It comes in through open doorways, windows, your air conditioning and heating system, and vents. And it isn’t always a faulty window or leaky roof that leads to mold, there can be mold in the air outside that gets carried into the home through clothing or pets.

You can prevent the formation of mold in your home by swiftly repairing any leaky pipes, controlling humidity levels, and ventilating your home well. Relative humidity (RH) plays an important role in our indoor comfort as well as the prevention of moisture and condensation damage in a house.

You can measure your relative humidity using a hygrometer to get a measurement from 10% to 100% that represents how much moisture is in the air in relationship to how much moisture the air can hold at its most humid. For the summer months, you should focus on dehumidifying the basement to keep condensation buildup from forming around the home’s foundation.

 

What’s the Right Humidity Level?

Not sure if your humidity levels pose a risk of creating a mold situation? The temperature of the air outside affects what is appropriate for humidity. The following statements about relative humidity levels should serve as a guide for determining whether or not you have moisture issues in the home.

Humidity-Chart

Humidity levels that are too low can also have adverse consequences, which is another reason why you should be in the know about the moisture levels in your indoor air. When the air is too dry, you can experience negative side effects such as dry nose, sore throat, irritated skin, and higher chances of catching a cold.

There are other ways that the lack of adequate humidity can affect your home, namely through damage to the drywall as well as shrinking wood floors and door frames. If you have a musician in the family, you’ll be disappointed to know that the dryness in the air can even cause the piano to go out of tune.

 

Condensation on Your Windows

It’s normal to think that there is a defect that is causing your windows to collect moisture in the form of condensation. Imagine walking into a room and all of a sudden your windows are fogged up with beads of water starting to form. You’d immediately think it’s an issue with the windows!

The truth is, however, that some amount of condensation will always be normal. Go ahead and download our Condensation information package for professional guidance on how to identify problematic moisture around windows. New homes in particular tend to generate higher amounts of condensation compared to older homes. The process of building a home includes plenty of moisture, which then takes some time to fully dry.

For example, the cement foundation takes some time to cure, the wood parts of framing also carry moisture, and drywall compound and paint all has lots of moisture in it, too. Typically, it’s not until the end of the first heating season that all the dampness will dissipate, but in some extreme cases it can take up to two years.

 

Customizing Your Replacement Casement Windows

We started out by talking about the benefits and features of casement windows before taking a look at humidity and what it can do to a home. So, you want to get the best windows for your home and are sure that the casement is the one for you? Are you ready to protect your home against window-related moisture damage while improving its energy efficiency and insulation?

You want to ensure the product you install is the right quality and that it fits with the style of your home. Choose a company that provides custom work. Golden Windows is a window and door manufacturer in London that understands how harsh and varied the climate can be. We understand the needs of those who call the area home.

The replacement custom windows in London that you choose for your house should be made especially for you. Whether it comes down to getting the right material (vinyl, aluminum clad, or wood) or size. Our products are made to reduce energy consumption and make it easy to outlast the Canadian weather. Just pay us a visit at the Golden Windows London showroom and browse through our products. You can take a look at the models, materials, and sizes of our London windows selection.

In many cases of home renovation and repair, you don’t know what you want until you see it. It can be hard to envision the perfect casement window colour or material without seeing it in person. A reliable, reputable, and professional London Ontario windows and doors company is here to help. We will show you how great your home can really look with the best upgrades.

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