How to Choose the Casings for Your New Windows

When you're ready to have new windows installed in your home, you'll need to first choose the type of window glass that you want, and will no doubt invest in something that provides lots of insulation and security for the home. The frame material of your windows is also important, as each type of material will vary in its overall maintenance and durability, and will also affect the look of the windows.

While these are important factors to consider when choosing new windows, note that you'll also want to take some time to choose the right casing. This refers to the trim around the window, and this casing can greatly affect the appearance of the windows themselves. Note a few tips on how to choose the right casings for your new windows.

Low-profile casings

Low-profile casings, as the name implies, are very small and thin and added just to block drafts around the window itself. These casings are often painted the same colour as the walls, so they virtually disappear. If you prefer a modern look to your home, or want to keep the view to the outside as unobstructed as possible, opt for low-profile casings.

Complete casing

A complete casing goes all the way around the windows, creating a type of frame. This is important to note, as some casings will simply cover three sides of the windows, and not the bottom. Often you can choose between a window sill or a complete casing; a windowsill may provide a nice ledge for plants and decorative items, whereas a complete casing can be very visually appealing, providing that full frame for the windows.

High-profile casing

High-profile casing is meant to be very large and prominent, and is often used for windows that are without curtains and other window dressing, to give the windows some style. High-profile casings are also meant to be seen and not obscured by window treatments!

High-profile casings might match the crown moulding in the home or other such decorative elements, or they can simply be thick and wide and made to stand out. This casing is also often made of plastic or another affordable material, which is then painted to look like real wood. Some casings are also made of vinyl or another type of soft material, so that the pieces can be curved and fitted over rounded or hexagonal windows. If you want larger windows to really stand out and become something of a piece of art on the wall, look for high-profile casings.