If you’re already familiar with casement windows, then you know that they easily open by pivoting instead of sliding. This is why they are commonly placed in hard-to-reach areas such as behind the kitchen sink while also offering good security. As for the direction in which they open, it will mainly depend on a few factors that should be considered first if you’re planning to install new casement windows.
If you want to determine which direction you want your casement windows to open, here’s what we have to say:
Understand the Terminologies
To make an informed decision on which direction you prefer, you’ll need to understand the different terminologies used in window installation. For casement windows, they can be labeled either as a left-hand crank or a right-hand crank. This means the crank can be on either side of the window with the locking mechanism on the opposite side. Some casement windows will also be labeled as FCL or FCR, which refers to left-handed and right-handed windows respectively.
Deciding Which Direction They Should Open
Of course, there aren’t any set rules as to which side of your new casement windows should be hinged. This is because they can be installed in any direction depending on the style and utility. You can consult a reliable window company to know which direction is more convenient to your everyday use.
Other considerations can also include your dominant hand, especially for single casement window installations. Such windows are often installed in a bathroom or laundry area, and they tend to be easier to open if the crank is on the side of your dominant hand. Ventilation is also a big factor, and casement windows can easily facilitate cross-breezes through your home. But for this to happen, you’ll need to have the FCR and FCL casement windows on opposite sides of your home to help catch the breeze and allow air to move toward the other window.
Whether you need replacement windows or new-construction windows, you can count on Timberland Exteriors to provide superior craftsmanship and a laser-beam focus on the details that ensure a lifelong project. If you’re in Maplewood, MN, just give us a call at (651) 439-1760. You may also fill out our online contact form to request an estimate.