Are you considering a window replacement for your home? There are so many kinds of windows that it can be hard to choose. The first step is understanding each type, how they work and where they would fit best for your home.
What are awning windows? They’re a versatile choice that homeowners often opt for when replacing their windows, and this guide will help you understand why.
What Is an Awning Window?
Awning windows are operable, meaning they can open and close. They hinge at the top edge of the frame and swing out from the bottom at a 45-degree angle. Most models are crank-operated, with mechanisms that make them easy to operate, regardless of size or where they’re installed.
Benefits of Awning Windows
Awning windows are popular because they’re a solid combination of form and function. Here are a few reasons why our clients choose awning windows.
Improved Ventilation, Even When It’s Raining
Since awning windows open at an angle while attached at the top edge, you can leave these windows open in the rain without worrying about moisture coming into your home. This is an excellent feature in areas that need extra ventilation, such as a kitchen or bathroom. And because of the angled opening, they can also provide you with a degree of privacy even if they’re not fully closed.
Comes in a Range of Easy-to-Open Sizes
If you’re looking for a large window to provide unobstructed views but still want it to be operable, unlike a picture window, an awning is a great choice.
You can request awning windows up to about 50 inches wide, for a clean, crisp view of your outdoors. Regardless of size, the opening mechanism makes operating these windows quick and easy – no extra effort required.
Energy Efficiency in All Types of Weather
Awning windows close and seal very firmly, keeping the air outside your home where it belongs – out! In fact, cold air blowing against the window will push the windowpane inwards for a tight seal.
Where Should I Install an Awning Window?
Awning windows are a good choice for kitchens and bathrooms, where you might want to keep them open even if it’s raining. Since they open with a crank, they’re easy to operate, even in awkward or hard-to-reach spaces.
Wide awning windows are often installed higher on the wall to increase natural light while maintaining privacy. They’re also an excellent choice for basements where the limited above-ground space restricts where you can install a window.
However, awning windows require clearance to open properly, so if there are obstructions near the window, you may want to go with another style. And awning windows cannot accommodate an air conditioning unit because of their angled opening.
If you’re wondering whether awning windows are right for you, contact us at Torwin! During your consultation, we can discuss your needs, specs and requirements to provide personalized recommendations for your home and lifestyle.
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