A Guide to Timber Flush Casement Windows
Casement windows have long been an architectural feature – even before the much-loved sash windows. Simplistic yet secure in nature, they’ve been a long-time favourite of people here in the UK – and it’s easy to see why.
What is a casement window?
You’d be forgiven if you didn’t know all the different types of windows out there. Put simply, casement windows are attached to a frame by one or more hinges and either a manual or automatic mechanism which cranks the window outwards. Casement windows can be hung in various ways – whether they’re side hung, top hung or fixed. You commonly see bottom hung casement windows in basements, whereas top hung casement windows are used where there’s a risk of rain entering the property.
What are timber flush casement windows?
A timber flush casement window is a casement window made from wood, where the opening window closes flush to the outer frame.
The top three advantages of timber flush casement windows
- They offer clear views of the world outside
Timber casement windows offer an unobstructed view which is particularly attractive. Rather than looking at strips of PVC, you can soak up the outdoor atmosphere from inside your home.
- They offer maximum ventilation
Casement windows can be opened all the way, offering maximum ventilation. They can also be angled to catch breezes, all of which helps to circulate the air in your home.
- They offer the ultimate versatility
One of the great things about casement windows, particularly timber casement windows, is how versatile they are. Whether you have a Victorian end terrace or a modern detached home, they look equally fantastic.
What to look for when shopping for casement windows
To help you with your window shopping, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to casement windows.
- The material – timber casement windows vs uPVC
Timber casement windows are among the most energy efficient. Unlike sash windows, there’s no track for them to slide up and down, giving a much tighter seal. Timber frames are excellent insulators, and when paired with double or triple glazing, can drastically reduce heat loss.
- The maintenance regime
Timber casement windows are particularly easy to clean, thanks to the way they open. They are easily cleaned with a cloth and warm water, and tend not to discolour. uPVC, however, can discolour over time, leading to irremovable stains.
- The type of window
When you’re shopping for windows, it’s important to note there are multiple different types. From single frame casement windows with just one frame, to double casement windows, picture casement windows, push-out windows and more, ask your local timber window specialist to tell you about all the different types that might work in your home. Most often, a company will tend to specialise in either timber windows or uPVC windows, so it could be wise to have an idea of the look you’re going for before you get quotes in.
- The choice of timber, if you’re opting for timber flush casement windows
Timber flush casement windows come in a variety of woods, each with their own uniqueness. From Oak and Sapele, to Accoya, Iroko and more, there are lots of looks to suit your requirements. With timber flush casement windows, Sapele and Oak tend to be the most popular, as they are the most weather-resilient.
- The window finishes
Timber flush casement windows can be fitted unfinished, part-finished or fully finished. If you opt for a finished effect, paint, lacquer and sometimes oil will be applied to the windows to achieve the look you’re going for. We use environmentally friendly water-based paints and stains.
At Rural Timber, we work with you to design and build the best windows and conservatories. If you’d like more information on how we can enhance your home, please contact us on: 01905 841199.