Window replacement may seem straightforward on the surface. But once you start researching, you’ll realize the many options you have. For windows that can open and close, there are three main types; slider, casement, and awning windows. Here’s a breakdown of each of them.
Hung and Slider Windows
These windows are simple to use and maintain, with basic mechanisms. They are very cost-effective: they tend to be more affordably priced than casement and awning windows of the same size.
Basic slider models open horizontally (or, in the case of hung windows, vertically) rather than swinging in or out. At Torwin, we also offer upgraded windows that can tilt in for cleaning or lift out for better ventilation. Depending on where the track is located though, it can fill up with snow, dust, and dirt, and will require frequent wiping to maintain optimal function.
Also, hung and slider window screens are placed on the outside, meaning they’ll be under constant exposure to the elements, collecting dirt, dander, and pollen.
Awning windows are hinged along the top horizontal edge and open by swinging out at a 45-degree window. Because they’re crank-operated, they’re a great choice for windows in hard-to-access areas. The crank makes it easy to operate these windows even if a bit of reaching is involved. Also, you can keep them open even if it’s raining outside—the way they open outwards will shield the water droplets from getting into your home.
Awning windows are more energy efficient than sliding ones. When closed, they seal quite tightly. And while they’re usually priced a bit higher than sliding windows, they’re still considered affordable.
However, awning windows aren’t perfect for every situation. For example, they can’t accommodate an air conditioning unit because of the way they open. And awning windows will require a certain amount of clearance on the outside—they may not be appropriate for areas near walkways or spaces too close to walls, plants, or other objects.
Casement windows are hinged along the side edge and offer the best ventilation of all the window types because of how wide they can open. Because they seal the most tightly when shut, they’re very highly energy efficient. In addition, some newer models open on a pivot, which allows for easier cleaning—you’ll be able to reach both sides of the window from the inside.
On the other hand, like awning windows, they can’t accommodate air conditioning units. And there’s a size limitation involved: if they’re too wide, it puts stress on the hinge and window frame. If you’re interested in casement windows, we’ll take the detailed measurements needed and advise whether they’ll work for your home.
As you can see, each window type has pros and cons. If you’re unsure whether hung, slider, awning, or casement windows are the better choice for you, give us a call! We can consult with you to determine your goals for your window replacement project and recommend the best models for you. It may even end up being a combination of all of them!
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