The Big Stuff
- Awning windows are a type of casement windows, self-contained double- or triple-paned windows that are cranked shut and lock with a firm thermal seal. As a result, they are much more energy-efficient than many other types of windows.
- Unlike most casement windows, awning windows open vertically, from the bottom.
- Awning windows can look a little unusual. Simply put, it’s because they are unusual. Since windows were invented, many windows have opened outwards. However, without the crank system of casements, windows that opened outwards could not be propped up vertically, and so only opened horizontally. Casement windows mostly mimic the old horizontal style, but there is no reason other than style for them to do this.
- Awning windows can be installed higher than many other types of windows, improving ventilation. Even better, while ventilating your home, the window pane also directs moisture away, preventing it from seeping in.
Where to Use Awning Windows
- Upper floors. When it comes to providing ventilation to a hot house, the higher, the better. Awning windows up high keep the air flowing without letting the rain in.
- Bathrooms. Ventilation in bathrooms not only makes them more comfortable, but also prevents steam damage and long-term decreases in property value.
- Children’s Rooms. Awning windows are constructed in a way that makes both entry and exit difficult. This helps in home security in general, but is most useful in preventing children from opening and falling out.
- Living Rooms. Awning windows in living rooms are an exception to the usual rule of placing them high for ventilation. Most windows experts will place several awning windows below a fixed bay window. This gives a home a more modern look from the outside and makes it easier to keep windows open during a light rain.
Where Not to Use Awning Windows
- Anywhere overlooking a path, patio, or play area. The supports of awning windows are hard to see and jut out below the window. These are unfortunately often in the way of people’s heads, at the worst possible times. Keep safe by keeping awning windows away from places people walk or run.
- Anywhere very hard to reach. Unfortunately, awning windows are more vulnerable than most to dirt and grit blown by the wind. Their supports and latches need to be cleaned more often than casement windows. Save yourself some trips up 12-foot ladders and place them within easy reach.