Casement windows have been a classic choice for various types of homes due to their several advantages. For instance, they’re durable and easy to maintain and clean, and they provide good security and ventilation. But to get the most out of your casement windows, you have to factor in which way they open.
Here’s how to choose which direction your casement windows should open.
FCL vs. FCR
To start, you should familiarize yourself with the terms used in determining which way your windows will open. The direction a window or door opens is referred to as “handing.” There are, however, certain labels that indicate which way a window opens. If you’re standing outside, a casement window labeled From the Curb Left (FCL) has hinges on the left and a locking mechanism on the right. Meanwhile, a From the Curb Right (FCR) label indicates that the hinges are on the right and the locking mechanism is on the left.
How Should My Casement Windows Open?
Generally, experts recommend that the hinged side of a casement window should be closest to the corner of the room. This will ensure the casements open toward the center of the room, resulting in the best appearance for your interior. And if you want to maximize ventilation in your living space, you should have FCL and FCR casements installed on opposite sides of your home. This will enable cross breezes to circulate throughout your home.
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