On warm summer nights, a window screen may be your only protection against hordes of biting insects, so it’s a good idea to know how to make one. But with some work, you can often turn even the sorriest-looking steel windows into reasonably efficient, draft-free units that, because they are original, also fit your home’s architectural style better than any replacement window might install. Even though the house is a bit shabby and the one-over-one double-hung window on the left is a cheap replacement, it still provides a better appearance than the casement window on the right. In the past, metal windows or their wood surrounds which fitted direct to masonry would have been bedded and pointed using mortar.
Old photographs, or similar houses nearby, may have examples of earlier windows. When closed, casement windows have an airtight seal – preventing unwanted air flow into and out of the house. Our wood windows can be adapted to replicate the typical features found throughout the windows history, without compromising performance. Keeping the newer windows may even be required for Historic Register nomination.
A window glazed with small panes of glass separated by wooden or lead glazing bars, or muntins , arranged in a decorative glazing pattern often dictated by the building’s architectural style. Replacement casement windows are a great choice for above cabinets or counters where opening requires a reach. Casement windows open easily – Casement windows open with a crank, making them ideal for hard to reach areas. Hopefully you or the previous homeowner did not neglect your windows to an extent that they are unsalvageable.
Many window companies avoid telling their clients about egress regulation, and installing windows that do not meet fire code. I was thinking about doing 16 inch center framing, solid and insulated bottom 2 1/2 feet, then windowed up to the roof line, and making the windows fit inside the framing, instead of building the framing to the size of the windows.
The channel should be in line with the beading on the inner edge of the casement frame This channel helps stop water from building up between the casement and window frame during a rainstorm. If you use your double-hung windows this way, you can save substantially on air-conditioning costs. Modern double-pane and triple-pane windows often include one or more low-e coatings to reduce the window’s U-factor (its insulation value, specifically its rate of heat loss). At least in the way they close, casement windows can be thought of as similar to your refrigerator door.
The easy to clean hinges allow you to have access to both faces of the French casement window, which is particularly useful in a high rise property or an upstairs window. This is by no means a sure thing, given that most thermal windows have shown a tendency to leak insulating gas and otherwise break down over time. As the details and costs increase, these deluxe windows no way compare with the original details of an older window. Detailing which had only previously been seen on wood could now be included in the timber ‘pattern’ from which the metal window was cast.
In modern windows, light-colored muntins still provide a useful function by reflecting some of the light going through the window, making the window itself a source of diffuse light (instead of just the surfaces and objects illuminated within the room). Although Marvin Windows is one of the better manufacturers, see the poorly styled window sash replacements available. Once you’ve got your windows so that they close and have a fresh coat of primer on them, you can attack their drafts.
Remember you do not get that nice 1/4 inch beveled edge around the glass with replacement windows. So, even though the construction and cross sections is a huge help and goes a long way to being able to build these windows, the real issue here in New Zealand will be the hardware, because it is not very common to have good windows. Perfect for narrow openings that require fire escapes, our French casement windows are Building Regulations, Part B compliant.
Modern windows are usually glazed with one large sheet of glass per sash, while windows in the past were glazed with multiple panes separated by glazing bars, or muntins, due to the unavailability of large sheets of glass. They’re built to provide wonderful views of the outdoors and the thin frames let as much natural light in as possible – making the most of the sun’s natural energy.
Of course, VELFAC is supplied with or without a lock, child-proof safety catches, and special handles, which makes the windows easier to operate. On a wood building the brick mold should not be confused with the window casing nor be used to substitute window casing. Photovoltaic windows not only provide a clear view and illuminate rooms, but also convert sunlight to electricity for the building. Our casement windows feature a single glass panel surrounded by a rugged Fibrex® frame. Our uPVC French casement windows allow both vents to be opened fully as well as independently.
If you are making a frame for a very large window, or if your stock is short pieces, you may have to be more careful about the exact amount of stock. Hardware for double-hung windows includes the sash lifts that are fastened to the bottom rail. Nine-over-nine windows and a fake cutesy window surround that is supposed to fool us to look like it resembles the arched window. As you now see, few elements of a building contribute more to its architectural character than the windows sashes and window muntins.
Casement windows are very energy efficient – On average, casement windows are the second most energy efficient type of window, after fixed-pane windows. However, the upper window sashes of many old windows on houses have been painted closed over time. Homework: Now pay attention to all windows you see – good and bad – old and new, and you will soon be able to recognize a good from bad window blocks away. Do us all a favor and make an instructable when you get around to making the windows.
Older historic houses and smaller commercial buildings usually have awning windows in the basement or in stairwells that have limited space. The handle mechanism of a casement window is easy to operate and is usually located low on the window, making the casement window an ideal window to place above cabinets, countertops, or places that are slightly more difficult to reach.