Examining Casement Window Treatments in Tampa01/14/2017Eric Ramsey Discovering the perfect window treatment solution for Tampa homeowners is one of our favorite parts of working in home design and fashion. And few kinds of windows come with the same design challenge as do casement windows. Unlike typical sliding windows, casement windows are attached with hinges on one or multiple sides, and thus swing in and out to open and close. Since they operate in such a unique way compared to most other windows, they require a somewhat different approach when pairing with a window treatment. Let’s break down how to choose a great casement window treatment. Priorities for Casement Window Treatments When picking a window covering for your swinging window, keep these thoughts in mind. Ease of operation - No matter if your casement window opens and shuts by a crank or lever, you need to be able to easily open and shut it without the trouble of a window treatment getting in the way. Fitting the depth of your window - Different casement windows may have differing depths between your wall and the window, meaning some window coverings may not fit the space. Coverage - Unlike sliding windows which usually can only open halfway, nearly all casement windows are able to open all the way. Having a good range of light control will allow you achieve an ideal amount of light without forfeiting the effective ventilation that casements give you. The Best Casement Window Treatments So what’s the ideal window covering for Tampa casement windows? Since there can be some differences between different casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, etc), it’s best to schedule an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help match you with your own best fit. That being said, here are the window treatment options we usually recommend for casement windows. Plantation Shutters There is no going wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether your casement is hinged at the top (called an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or from the sides, plantation shutters can be custom-built to match how your window works. That ability also ensures that the shutter won’t impede the opening mechanism, whether it’s by crank or lever, and can fit either directly into your window jamb or on top of them so your window depth isn’t a factor. Shutters can be put in around the opening of the window to ensure full operation of the opening mechanism. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about suspended 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 circulate a lot of fresh air into your house, but want to keep the light level low. Just open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers partially open so that you can your perfect level of fresh air and light. That amount of control is only offered by plantation shutters. Shades A more minimal option compared to shutters, shades offer fashionable looks and an attractive framing to your window, without obstructing the casement opening mechanism. Because shades are always installed over the frame, there’s no reason to fret about what direction the window swings or the window depth. Shades can easily be pulled up when the window opens, so your view and airflow stay undisturbed. Both cellular shades and roman shades look stellar on casement windows while offering great coverage. Other Casement Window Treatments As we’ve said, casement windows can vary in some ways, so there can be other window coverings that work just as well for your house. To learn more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Tampa at 813-580-7288 today to set up a free window design consultation.