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Casement Windows

Casement Windows

Casement windows, known for their hinged design that allows them to swing outward, are a popular choice among homeowners in Chicago and beyond. These windows combine elegance with functionality and offer various types to suit different needs. In this comprehensive guide, we will dive into the world of casement windows, with a special focus on casement windows in Chicago. We'll also explore the different types available and answer some frequently asked questions to help you make an informed decision for your home.

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Casement Windows Customization Options

Exterior/Interior Finishes

Solid finishes

Solid white finish
Solid almond finish

Painted finishes

Our paint has been specially designed for vinyl windows and engineered for maximum durability and heat reflection:

  • Non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-flammable, environmentally friendly, lead- and chromium-free;
  • Has excellent cohesion to the vinyl. It is elastic and moves with the vinyl as it expands and contracts. Also, the paint has exceptional abrasion and impact resistance.
  • Ensures both long-term color retention and low heat absorption.
Painted bronze finish
Painted black finish

Laminated finishes

The laminate films endure a series of rigorous tests performed within the Grafco laboratory. These tests include heat reflectivity, Delta E (fade factor), distortion and adhesion, allowing us to offer a lifetime warranty.

Laminated light oak finish
Light Oak
Laminated dark oak finish
Dark Oak

Some of the Custom Color Options

Painted royal bronze finish
Royal Bronze
Painted cocoa finish
Painted bonneville green finish
Bonneville Green

Insulated Glass Units

Double- and Tripple-pane Glass Units

Our window and door products feature insulated glass units (IGU) with dual or triple pane combinations.

Solid white finish
Double glass unit
Solid almond finish
Tripple glass unit

Thickness ranges from 0.708" to 1.417" (18-36 mm) depending on the product. Glass panes are available in various thicknesses and types.

Coated glass, tints, and patterns are available for double and triple pane units. NEAT® coating on the exterior surface allows for easy cleaning.

Energy-efficient Spacers

The energy-efficient spacer systems used are stainless steel INTERCEPT UltraSpacer®, Endur, and organic SuperSpacer®. The spaces between the glass can be filled with dry air, argon, or a mix of argon/krypton gases.

Solid white finish
Solid white finish
Endur® Warm Edge
Solid white finish
Super Spacer®

All glass units meet industry standards and undergo frequent electronic quality checks. IGUs have a 20-year warranty for seal failures, the highest standard in the industry.

Glass Options


Cardinal LoE coated glass performance

LoĒ-270 Coated Glass

LoĒ coated glass delivers year-round comfort in any weather. In summer, it rejects the sun’s heat and damaging UV rays. In winter, it reflects heat back into the room.

LoĒ-366 Coated Glass

LoĒ-366 is a clear coating that blocks even more solar gain, reflects heat, and lets the light stream in. It even outperforms the tinted glass often used in warm climates.

Cardinal LoE-270 coated glass
LoE-270 coated glass
Cardinal LoE-366 coated glass
LoE-366 coated glass


Cardinal Annealed glass
Annealed glass break pattern (not safety certified)
Cardinal Tempered glass
Tempered glass break pattern (meets safety criteria)
Cardinal Laminated glass
Laminated glass break pattern (meets safety criteria)

Annealed glass

Annealed glass, commonly known as the standard glass, undergoes a thermal treatment process followed by slow cooling to eliminate internal stresses. It is commonly utilized in applications where safety considerations are not a primary concern.

Fully tempered glass

Fully tempered glass is significantly stronger than annealed glass, with a strength four times greater. In the event of breakage, it shatters into small, safe pieces, minimizing the risk of injury.

Heat Treated Glass

Heat-strengthened glass undergoes a slower cooling process compared to tempered glass, resulting in a lower compression strength. However, it still provides approximately twice the strength of annealed glass.

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass can withstand strong impacts. It is a superior solution to safety glazing.

Laminated glass does more: it is the type of safety glazing that also remains intact within the window frame.


Neat Glass

Unlike regular exterior window surfaces, Neat glass requires minimal maintenance. With Neat technology, the glass stays cleaner for longer periods. And when the time comes to clean, you'll find it quick and effortless.

Cardinal Neat glass

Grid Options

Decorative grids or blinds can be added and are sealed within the glass units.

Farmhouse grid style
Farmhouse grid style
Colonial grid style
Colonial grid style
Praire grid style
Praire grid style

Understanding Casement Windows

Casement windows are characterized by their unique hinged design, which allows them to open like a door by swinging outward. They are typically operated using a crank handle that controls the sash movement. Casement windows offer several advantages, including excellent ventilation, unobstructed views, and a timeless aesthetic.

Casement Windows in Chicago

Casement windows are a popular choice among Chicago homeowners due to their adaptability to the city's climate and architectural styles. Here's why they are an excellent fit for the Windy City:

  1. Energy Efficiency: Casement windows seal tightly when closed, providing superior insulation against Chicago's cold winters and hot summers. They help maintain a comfortable indoor temperature while reducing energy costs.
  2. Ventilation: Chicagoans appreciate the ability to fully open casement windows to capture fresh Lake Michigan breezes during the warmer months. This exceptional ventilation is a significant advantage.
  3. Aesthetic Versatility: Casement windows come in various materials and finishes, making it easy to match them with Chicago's diverse architectural styles, from historic brick homes to modern high-rises.

Types of Casement Windows

Casement windows offer versatility through various types, each catering to specific preferences and needs:

  1. Traditional Casement Windows: These windows feature a single sash hinged on one side and open outward. They are ideal for homeowners who appreciate a classic look with modern functionality.
  2. French Casement Windows: With two sashes hinged on opposite sides, French casement windows provide a wide, unobstructed view when fully opened. They add a touch of elegance to any home.
  3. Push-Out Casement Windows: Instead of a crank, push-out casement windows are operated by pushing the sash outward manually. They offer a minimalist, clean appearance.

Casement windows are a versatile and aesthetically pleasing window option for Chicago homeowners. Their hinged design, energy efficiency, and adaptability to various architectural styles make them an excellent choice. When considering casement windows, think about your specific needs and preferences, and consult with a reputable window professional to find the perfect fit for your Chicago home. With the right casement windows, you can enjoy both the beauty and functionality they bring to your living spaces.

Frequent Questions Answered

Are casement windows easy to maintain?
Casement windows are relatively low-maintenance. Regular cleaning and lubrication of hinges and hardware will keep them in optimal condition.
Can casement windows be installed in older homes?
Yes, casement windows can be installed in older homes. They are adaptable to various architectural styles and can complement both historic and modern residences.
Are casement windows energy-efficient?
Casement windows are known for their energy efficiency. When properly sealed, they help keep your home comfortable year-round, reducing heating and cooling costs.
Do casement windows offer good security?
Yes, casement windows can be very secure. Their hinged design makes them difficult for intruders to open from the outside. Additionally, modern casement windows often feature multipoint locking systems for added security.