Casement Vs. Sliding Windows

There are a lot of things to consider when investing in residential window replacement. Not only do you need to decide upon the material of your frames, you also need to choose the style of window for each fixture in your house. That is, you don't want to have the same window type in every fixture because it is not practical. For instance, you don't want to spend extra money to put a movable window in a fixture that is high up on the wall and you can't even reach it. The two most common types of movable windows are casement and sliding windows. This article explains the main drawbacks and advantages of each style.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are similar to doors. They are on a hinge that usually opens outward. To open the window, you just turn a cranking mechanism. Although, some modern windows are motorized. This is a great perk on larger windows that might be heavy and difficult to crank. Motorized windows are also popular among older clients who are physically unable to use the cranking mechanisms. One of the advantages of a casement window is the fact that there are no bars or molding within the frame. It is made out of one solid piece of glass. This means it has greater visibility and more light is let in through the window pane.

Sliding Windows

Sliding windows are made out of two sashes. So, there is at least one bar in the middle of the fixture that can block your view. In general, sliding windows are more affordable than casement window, unless they are double hung. A double hung window is one where both of the sashes are movable. They have a counter-weighted pull system that allows them to balance in the middle of the fixture (that is, halfway opened). Vertically sliding windows are usually a little harder to operate. You might find it difficult to slide a large frame up if it waits too much. That being said, motorized sliding windows are becoming more common and therefore more affordable.


Generally, maintaining a sliding window is very simple. As long as you keep the window tracks clean and clear of dust, the window should open and close with ease. On the other hand, repairing a crank mechanism can be difficult. It is usually a job that needs to be done by a window professional.

Both products will be great additions to any home. Just choose whichever works best for each individual fixture. Talk to a contractor, like JFK Window & Door Co, for more help.