Although awning windows do not differ significantly from traditional casement windows, the element that makes them a modern, fresh, and unique option for any homeowner is that they pivot on hinges mounted on top of the frame, while casement windows have hinges installed on the sides. By making this simple change in window design, professionals are now able to offer a more environmentally friendly solution to homeowners while catering to all things fresh and contemporary.
Not sure if awning windows are a good fit for your home? Familiarizing yourself with the pros and cons of the product will undoubtedly convince you to call an awning window retailer today!
There are an overwhelming amount of advantages to switching to awning windows; a few of these include:
- Proper ventilation: Unlike any other type of window installation, the fact that awning windows can be placed at different heights in a wall makes them excellent for ventilation. When installed high, these windows provide ample ventilation and natural light into spaces that would otherwise be dark or subject to moisture-related damage (such as a bathroom or kitchen). Being able to choose where you place your window allows you to account for specific design aspects in your space, such as art, furniture placement, and more!
- Moisture protection: As mentioned above, awning windows are ideal for the bathroom, but are also designed to withstand wet climates due to their weather-conscious construction. So, if you find yourself living in a coastal environment or an area that generally experiences high humidity, installing awning windows in your home can help protect against outside moisture while the top-opening design directs water away from your home, allowing you the luxury of leaving your windows open in inclement weather.
- Create a modern look: If you are looking to update the look of your home, awning windows will give it that modern, contemporary look that you are going for. Manufacturers offer a range of custom awning windows to enhance the unique look of your home. With a variety of textures and materials to choose from, awning windows allow homeowners the luxury of mixing and matching their windows with the interior and exterior facade of their home.
- Environmentally conscious: Since most awning windows are constructed using energy efficient Low-E glass, they are equipped to keep heat out during the summer and keep the cold out in the winter. With this updated technology, you no longer have to worry about wasting energy on other expensive cooling or heating sources like fans, heaters, or air conditioners. Besides saving money, awning windows help you do your part in protecting the environment. Installing awning windows in your home is an easy way for you to put a “green foot” forward!
- Versatility: Besides saving you money on your energy bill, another great way to save with awning windows is their versatility. These windows can be installed in your pre-existing window frames and are easily adapted with some work in combination with different window styles (casements, bay windows, picture windows, and more!).
A few of the problems with awning windows include:
- High-traffic hazard: If an awning window overlooks a sidewalk, deck, porch, or terrace, someone can easily walk into the window’s jutting glass. If you are scared of clothes-lining your kid, then maybe awning windows aren’t for you, at least for windows in low-lying areas.
- Require frequent washing: The glass on an awning window opens at a slant which exposes the glass to all kinds of dust and debris that other window styles don’t experience. For this reason, awning windows, more than any other type of window, require frequent cleaning to keep them sparkling.
- Difficult escape route: Since screens and storm windows are often mounted on the inside of awning windows, the possibility for a quick getaway in the event of an emergency (such as a fire) is compromised. The silver lining to this potential hazard is that the construction of awning windows means that forced home entry is made equally as tricky. As long as your home has adequate and accessible escape routes, installing awning windows should not be a problem.
Styles and Types
Like any window, the cost of an awning window depends on multiple factors, such as size, material, and what company you choose to shop with. Based on these factors alone, a good quality awning window can cost anywhere from $300-$1000 dollars. Remember, not every awning is made the same. The best thing you can do is shop around, talk to manufacturers, and pick a window (whether it is steel, wood, PVC, or fibreglass) that is going to fit with your home and your vision.
There are few disadvantages to installing awning windows in your home. With the money you will save when you switch to a modern, environmentally friendly home, you will be able to live your best life possible.
If you are interested in talking to a professional about installing awning windows in your home, call Canglow Windows and Doors today at (780) 761-2161 or, for more information, contact us today!