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What is a Timber Casement Window?

Casement window frames are hugely popular and look great on all types of property from period to modern  

Timber widows come in a variety of frame types, from sash to tilt and turn via shaped, listed and, one of the most popular, casement.

But with several options available, understanding the difference between each can be tough making it hard to decide which frame is best suited to your needs.

Below, we take a closer look at timber casement window frames, what makes them such a great choice and the types of property they suit best.

Casement windows explained…

Timber casement windows open outward like a door due to hinges on either side of the frame. This is often achieved using a cranking system.

There are many upsides to installing casement windows over other types of frame, including superior clarity, easy maintenance and better ventilation.

A better view:

Casement windows tend not to have and bars or slats running through the glazing so the view out of the window is completely unobstructed.

This makes it an ideal choice if you are looking to achieve an “open picture frame” look with the window frames you install.

The added benefit, of course, is that casement windows can still be opened to allow the fresh air in or for ventilation purposes.

Easy maintenance:

Due to the way that casement windows open, cleaning the external window pane from the inside is not only possible but very easy.

Simply crank the window frame fully open and you can wipe the pane, as well as the timber frame itself, clean with a cloth and warm water.

Highly efficient:

Timber casement window frames are among the most energy efficient. Unlike other frame types such as sash, there is no track for them to slide up and down.  

This provides a much tighter seal when fully shut and locked, helping to significantly reduce heat and cold transfer.

In addition, timber frames in general are excellent insulators and when paired with double or triple glazing can drastically reduce heat loss, keeping energy bills down.

Great ventilation:

Timber casement window frames provide excellent ventilation, especially when they are fully opened as the frame/pane pushes fresh air gently through the open space.

In addition, the way in which the frames are hinged allow to you to control just how far you would like them to open, from just a small gap to fully wide.

There are other benefits to installing timber casement windows, including being able to choose different styles and finishes for your frames.

Here at Timber Windows North we offer a range of colour choices, including the option to opt for different internal and external colours.

We also have a variety of different casement window frame types including:

  • Flush Casement Windows finish flush with the face of the window and are characterised by openers that close into the frame.

  • Lipped Casement Windows feature rebated openers which lip over/overlap the front face of the window frame. The lipped style of casement has origins in Britain dating to the 1950s

  • Tilt and Turn casement windows are a style which operates on a dual hinge mechanism that allows the window to tilt from the bottom opening into the room from the side and top which provides secure ventilation.
6 pane casement window

Casement windows work on all types of property:

While some timber window frames are better suited to period homes and others more modern buildings, casement windows are ideally suited to all types of property.

This includes barn conversions and country cottages right through to Edwardian and Georgian villas and new builds.

If you would like to know more about timber casement windows, please don’t hesitate to contact the Timber Windows North team here.

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