08:09AM | 06/10/06
Member Since: 09/19/04
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I'm not sure if my windows ever had screens, but I'd like some. These are those small, swing-out casement windows that flank fireplaces in craftsman-style homes. They swing out on hinges that are on one side. Are there screens made for these type windows, or am I looking at having a handyman create some?


11:35AM | 06/10/06
Member Since: 04/28/06
42 lifetime posts
Most of the 80 yr old bungalows I've seen have inswing windows on the sides of fireplaces, not outswing. If they are inswing, there are lots of companies that can make a 1-1/16" thick wood exterior screen, or an aluminum storm/screen full lite combination.

If they are outswing like you said, then the method of attaching an interior screen and the screen frame thickness can vary. Somebody will have to custom make a screen for that, either in a wood screen or an aluminum framed screen. You'll have to find a way to attach it. If you get an aluminum framed screen for the interior, it would be nice to get one that is somewhat color matched to the interior trim, rather than plain mill finish aluminum.


08:22AM | 06/11/06
Member Since: 09/19/04
18 lifetime posts
These are Sears kit houses (mine dates 1927) and when you walk the streets you can see that some of these kinds of windows swing out -- with no apparent screens -- and some have been replaced with modern replacement windows. I'll have to look to see if any appear to swing indoors on my next walk. Anyway, I believe you are right, that I will have to get a carpenter to custom build the screens. I would also like a storm window feature, as these windows leak like crazy and I've been putting insulating film over them in the winter. There were swing-out casement windows in a 1940s shed dormer addition upstairs, and they came with these little screens that had numbered latches. Unfortunately when I bought the house everything up there was rotten and I went with replacement windows, since the addition was not original to the house. Thanks very much for your response.
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