What do windows in England’s Falstaff Inn and Omaha’s homes – old and new – have in common? And how do you take advantage of Omaha’s traditionally southern and northern breezes? Keep reading to find out!
From the oldest homes in Gifford Park and Little Italy to the newest houses in Prairies at Skyline Ridge and Ashbury Creek, casement windows remain one of the most popular styles for window replacements and new construction.
These convenient windows feature a one-hinged sash that swings outward from the side. They’re favored among homeowners who want a larger, uninterrupted view to the outdoors, open and close easily with the turn of a handle and they’re a great option for spots that are difficult to reach, like over the kitchen sink.
Secure and safe
In addition to helping make your home air efficient and climate tight, casement windows offer security via the turn handle, which is conveniently placed at hand height or at the base and serves as an extra locking mechanism. The friction hinge is used when the window opens outward, and holds the window in position, despite wind.
Wind – there for the taking
Speaking of wind, casement windows are excellent for natural ventilation, especially during warmer months. They can be angled in order to direct breezes into your home. In the City of Omaha and the surrounding metropolitan area, for example, wind speeds vary from 0 to 19 mph (calm to a fresh breeze) over the course of a typical year, and rarely exceed 28 mph. Casement windows are ideal for directing those fresh breezes into your home.
To get the most out of your casement windows, consider that in Omaha the wind most often comes from the south (25% of the time) and from the north (20% of the time). Breezes from the southeast occur on average 16% of the time in Omaha. The least amount of wind comes from the southwest (3%), with northeast breezes and western breezes occurring 4% of the time. Every location is different and every day can bring a change in which way the wind is blowing.
Casement windows’ historical past
Casement Windows have a storied past. British and German dwelling have long featured windows that open outward. There’s even a medieval English example at the Falstaff Inn, Canterbury, Kent, England, with casement windows below fixed windows, or lights, all composed of small leaded panes.
The French casement commonly has two meeting leaves that open inward, requiring careful craftsmanship to prevent weather from penetrating them. These French casements were adapted in the United States chiefly as ways to give access onto balconies and porches, and in this door-like form they are known as French windows, French doors, or casement doors.
Check out the variety of casement windows available at Pella Omaha:
Exquisitely detailed wood windows
- Custom shapes, sizes, grille patterns, exterior colors, and more.
- Eight naturally beautiful wood types with fine-furniture detailing.
- Pella’s most authentic look of individual windowpanes.
Exceptional energy efficiency.
Exclusive snap-in window fashion technology
- Exclusive between-the-glass, blinds, shades and grilles.
- Window fashions protects from dust and damage ‒ reducing allergens.
- 53%-74% more energy efficient with triple-pane glass.10
Pella® ProLine 450 Series
Beauty of wood at a competitive price
- Pella’s most popular styles, sizes, features, and options.
- Four distinctive grille types for the look of individual windowpanes.
- Pella wood craftsmanship at a competitive price.
- Exceptional energy efficiency.
Pella® 350 Series
Distinctive vinyl windows with superior performance
- Exclusive SmoothSeam™ welded corners are virtually invisible.
- Robust, detailed frame profile.
- Stronger and more durable than typical vinyl windows.
54%-83% more energy efficient with triple-pane glass.11
Encompass by Pella®
Competitively priced, easy-care vinyl
- Quality craftsmanship backed by Pella.
- Styles and options to fit most any budget.
- Low-maintenance vinyl frames. No more painting!
- Exceptional energy efficiency.
Call us for more on Casement Windows
Are you ready for a new set of Casement Windows from Pella Omaha? Contact our Omaha stores at 402-493-1350 or online at pellabranch.com/omaha.