Casings are the moldings that cover a window frame. In addition to adding a clean look to the finished window, it protects the transition between wall and window from moisture and dirt. Casing is also an aesthetic element that ties replacement windows to the rest of the house. In this blog, we discuss the different types of window casings and which ones may work with your home.
A Typical Window Installation
Many people mistake the window casing for the window frame, but the latter is more often than not covered by the former. A typical replacement window installation goes like this: after the old window is removed, the frame is first anchored onto the wall opening and then shimmed and leveled before getting fixed into place using screws.
The transition from wall to frame is then filled with expanding foam insulation. Once the insulation is set, interior and exterior casing is installed over the transition. Depending on the style, it could cover the frame partially or fully. Window styles with removable sashes, such as double hung windows, typically have their sashes installed last.
Types of Casing
Casing is available in a variety of styles, colors and ornamentation. Nevertheless, casing should always tie into the interior decor in some way. The existing trim or crown molding is often matched depending on the design. The following are the types of casing that can be installed on residential windows:
Complete Casing – Complete casing covers all four sides of the window. It could be a single layer of molding or several layers stacked together to form a decorative dimensional look.
Low-Profile Casing – Low-profile casing is a mostly utilitarian casing that serves to add a finished look to the window and is not as decorative as other types. Choose this style if you’re after a minimalist design.
High-Profile Casing – Traditional home styles look best with ornate designs, and this is where high-profile casings are best. Note that you may need to find a skilled craftsman to replicate existing carvings and other details.
Modern Casing – Modern casing is designed to blend in, rather than stand out. Unlike low-profile casing, modern casing isn’t necessarily minimalist. Rather, the idea is to shift the focus to the glass area.
Traditional Casing – Similar to high-profile casing, traditional casing can be as simple or as ornate as the house style needs to be. Components typical of traditional designs, such as lintel, bottom apron and fluted columns, are typical.
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