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FAQ: What are Flush Casements?

Flush casements are increasing in popularity but what exactly does the term ‘flush casement’ mean? The easiest way to explain it is that when the window (or sash) is closed, it sits flush within the frame, creating a flat surface on the outside.  A lipped casement window is the more widely known design today. This is where the sash overlaps the frame when closed.

Evolution timber alternative windows in Thursley near Guildford, Surrey
Evolution Flush Timber Alternative Windows and Apeer Front Door, Sandhurst, Berkshire
White Grained Rustique Windows with Georgian Bars, Wokingham, Berkshire

Flush casements are actually a very traditional window design and have been used for over 200 years. Dating back to the 19th century, all windows, which would have been constructed using timber, were designed with flush fitting sashes and this is evident in many late Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian properties.

More modern timber windows of the 1950s and onward were designed as lipped casements, as above. This trend continued with the emergence of replacement windows and double glazing. Whilst timber windows have always provided an option for flush casements, the more maintenance-free window types have not. This has now changed and over the last few years a number of flush casement options have been developed. Now uPVC windows, timber-alternative windows, aluminium windows and of course timber windows, are all available as flush casements. The clean, square lines mean they can look good in all property types, from traditional to contemporary.

The image above, shows a flush, timber-alternative window in a country cottage however, if you’re looking to achieve a contemporary look in a more modern home, the flush casement is ideal with its simple lines.

You can choose lead or Georgian bar designs for a traditional look, or for a more modern appearance, a clear glass design means a larger glazed area and more light. Flush casements are available in either double glazing or triple glazing, subject to what type of thermal performance you are looking to achieve. Options on finishes and colours, both externally and internally, as well as a range of handle styles and optional peg stays mean that the flush casement window is extremely versatile.

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3 thoughts on “FAQ: What are Flush Casements?”

  1. Is water ingress an issue with timber flush casements?
    Would a timber flush casement’s longevity be compromised because of its design?
    Would a timber lipped casement be more weatherproof?
    Can you still achieve the ‘can’t tell the difference between the dummy sash and the opening sash from the outside’ look with timber lipped casements?

    1. Hi Toby
      Is water ingress an issue with timber flush casements?
      No more than any other design of window. The flush casement is designed and tested to be weather tight. However, poor design, finishing and installation can cause these issues. On TVW windows we offer a third, external gasket for customers who may feel concerned about this issue.
      Would a timber flush casement’s longevity be compromised because of its design?
      Absolutely, yes but this applies to any (especially) external joinery. We have seen windows where the joints are not mortised and tenoned and gaps have opened letting water in. In our windows all of these details have been very carefully thought through, not just in the design, but in the construction, and equally importantly in the installation. We offer a substantial level of warranty with our Timber windows & doors.
      Would a timber lipped casement be more weatherproof? They generally have the same level of performance.
      Hope this helps.
      TVW Timber Designer

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