Casement or Bifold Windows for a Kitchen?
Are Casement or Bifold Windows Better for a Kitchen?
A kitchen is a place a family can use a lot and is also somewhere that benefits from good ventilation. So when it comes to the changing the windows, what would suit best Casement or Bifold windows?
To give you some help in deciding, here is our quick comparison of the main features of each style, covering:
- Visual appeal
Most people, I would think, know what a casement window looks like because they are so common. With hinges on one side of the window frame, they simply open outwards.
There are 2 other variations of the design:
- Hopper casement windows – these are hinged from the bottom and generally open inwards. It’s most usual to find them as smaller “top lights”.
- Awning casement windows – these are hinged from the top and swing outwards (image below RHS).
Neither of these designs will open very wide.
Casement windows are neat, practical and functional, but there is a lot of “framework”.
Bifold windows open in a very different way by moving sideways within the main frame. In effect, they fold to the left or right in almost a zig-zag, concertina fashion to “stack” at the side of the window frame.
What this means is that, if you fully open them, you get a huge clear space and masses of fresh air. You can also partially open them if you wish.
Both designs are available in timber, uPVC or aluminium.
In terms of visual appeal, our preference is for the Bifold window design, simply because of the way they function.
As mentioned above, both designs open differently.
With a casement window, you turn the handle and push the window outwards.
In a kitchen often there will be a work surface below the window. If you want to open a casement window to the maximum extent, then you really have to lean forward to do so. It’s plausible that you will only be able to reach far enough to open them part way.
With a bifold window, because it slides side to side, you don’t have to lean out to open it. However, you should elect to have the window “stack to the outside” in order that the windows don’t interfere with internal space in the kitchen (image below RHS).
Both are simple to operate by means of a single handle.
Modern double glazed window designs pretty much all have multi-point locking systems fitted as standard. This means, that when you close them, there are shoot bolts or “claws” that engage in several places around the frame. This makes them very difficult to open by force.
These days all glazed units are fitted from the inside and have internal window beads.
You could upgrade even more by having tempered glass fitted, but effectively each designs is a secure as the other.
How much do casement or bifold windows cost?
The cost of bifold windows are going to be higher than equivalent sized casement windows. But each will be priced dependent on your individual requirements.
Bifold windows cost
2400 x 1200 White UPVC 3 panel window, from £1,200 supply only.
2500 x 1200 White UPVC 3 panel window, from £1,500 + VAT fitted.
Casement windows cost – supply only
3 pane, 2 opener: 1800 x 1200 White uPVC (2 side pane awning, centre pane fixed) from £235 +
4 pane, 2 opener: 2400 x 1200 White uPVC (2 side pane awning, 2 centre pane fixed) from £325 +
To get an accurate price for bifold windows or for casement windows it’s best to have the work surveyed and a written quote provided.
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