Exploring Casement Window Treatments in Fort Myers01/14/2017Charlie Cole and Brady Parker Choosing the perfect window treatment solution for Fort Myers homes is probably the best part of working in home design and fashion. And few types of windows offer the same design obstacle as casement windows do. As opposed to typical sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or multiple sides, and so they swing in or out to operate. Since they work in a different way from most other windows, they require a somewhat different approach when pairing with a window treatment. Let’s break down how to find a great casement window treatment. Priorities for Casement Window Treatments When picking a window covering for your swinging window, try to keep these items in mind. Ease of use - No matter if your casement window opens and shuts via crank or lever, you need to be able to easily open and close your window without the annoyance of a window treatment blocking you. Fitting your window depth - Different casement windows may have differing depths between the wall and the window, so some window coverings may be too deep for the space. Coverage - Unlike sliding windows which usually can only open partially, just about all casement windows will be able to open all the way. A large range of light control will allow you achieve a perfect level of light without giving up the effective ventilation that casements add. The Best Casement Window Coverings So which is the ideal window covering for Fort Myers casement windows? Because there can be some differences between individual casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and so forth), it’s best to schedule an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help you find your unique ideal fit. That being said, here are the window treatment options we typically recommend for casement windows. Plantation Shutters You absolutely can’t go wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether a casement is hinged at the top (known as an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or from the sides, plantation shutters can be custom-made to match how your window operated. That also makes sure that your shutters don’t interfere with the opening mechanism, whether it’s by crank or lever, and can fit either directly into your window jamb or attached above them so the depth of your window isn’t a problem. Shutters can be installed around the opening of the window to ensure full operation of the opening mechanism. Moreover, you never have to worry about dangling material blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you have your window open. Finally, shutters let you into a huge world of coverage options for your window. Say you want 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 get the best of both worlds. That level of control is only possible with plantation shutters. Shades A more basic option relative to shutters, shades offer fashionable looks and an effective framing to your window, without blocking the swinging opening mechanism. Due to the fact that shades are always installed over the frame, there’s no need to consider what direction the window opens or the window depth. Shades can easily be drawn to the top when the window opens, so your view and airflow remain undisturbed. Cellular shades as well as roman shades look stylish on casement windows while offering great light control. Other Window Treatments For Casements As we’ve mentioned, casement windows can vary in a few ways, so there can be other window treatments that function just as well for your home. To find out more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers at 239-208-6577 today to schedule up your free window design consultation.