Examining Casement Window Treatments in Orlando01/14/2017Todd Hansen Discovering the perfect window treatment solution for Orlando homeowners is one of our favorite parts of working in home design and fashion. And few kinds of windows come with the same design obstacle as do casement windows. Unlike typical sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or more sides, and thus swing in or out to open and shut. Since they open differently from most other windows, they need a slightly different approach when pairing with a window treatment. Let’s break down how to choose your perfect casement window treatment. Priorities for Casement Window Treatments When choosing a window treatment for your casement window, keep these items in mind. Ease of use - Whether your casement window operates by a lever, cam handle, or crank, you need to be able to easily open and close your window without the trouble of a window treatment getting in the way. Ability to fit the depth of your window - Various casement windows may have varying depths between your wall and the window, so some window coverings may not fit the space. Coverage - While sliding windows can typically only open halfway, almost all casement windows will be able to open all the way. That range of light control will allow you get an ideal amount of light without forfeiting the effective ventilation that casements offer. The Best Casement Window Treatment Options So which is the best window treatment for Orlando casement windows? Since there can be some variation between various casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and so on), it’s best to schedule an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help match you with your home’s best fit. That being said, here are the window treatment options we usually recommend for casement windows. Plantation Shutters You absolutely can’t go wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether your casement is connected to the top (called an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or one of the sides, plantation shutters can be customized to match the way in which your window operated. That also makes certain that your shutters won’t impede the opening mechanism, whether it’s by handle or crank, and can fit either directly into your window jamb or attached above them so the depth of your window isn’t an issue. Shutters can be put in around the window opening to ensure full operation of the opening mechanism. What’s more, you won’t have to worry about hanging material blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you have your window open. Lastly, shutters let you into a whole new world of coverage options for your window. Say you need to have a good amount of fresh air circulating in your space, but don’t want a lot of light. Just open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers partially open so that you can your ideal brightness and circulation. That level of control is only offered by plantation shutters. Shades A more minimal option relative to shutters, shades offer chic looks and an attractive framing to your window, without blocking the unique opening mechanism. Due to the fact that shades are always installed above the frame, there’s no reason to consider the direction the window swings or how deep its jamb is. Shades can easily be drawn up when the window opens, so your view and airflow remain clear. Cellular shades as well as roman shades look stellar on casement windows while giving you great light control. Other Window Treatments For Casements As we’ve mentioned, casement windows can differ in a few ways, so there might be other window coverings that function just as well for your home. To learn more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Orlando at 407-630-7011 today to schedule up a free in-home design consultation.