Choosing the best replacement window style for your home is often the most confusing part of the process. There are so many great options on the market that it could be overwhelming to many customers. This article will explain the difference between two great, but less popular, window types. Casement and awning windows are often overlooked, but they are both very stylish and functional options for your home.
Casement windows are frames that open outward. They are hinged at the left or right side of the frame. They can be push-open or operated by a cranking device. The cranking devices are very easy to operate but some modern manufacturers are beginning to build casements that are electrically operated. These are great for elderly or disabled customers.
Electric openers are also being used in windows that are too high on the wall to reach. In the past, windows that were too high up were fixed (meaning they could not open or close). If you can open and close these windows, you can make your home more energy efficient.
Awning windows are horizontal windows with hinges along the top (or head) of the frame. The windows open outward and can be manually operated or equipped with a cranking device. This traditional window style is less popular in most modern tract homes but gives the window a more old fashioned look.
The window can be propped open to nearly any degree. Some older styles of awning windows could only open outward about 20 degrees. However, with stronger modern hinges, the frames can often be opened up a full 90 degrees. One great advantage of awning windows is that they can be left open during rain or snow storms.
Awning windows can also be motorized. Small awning windows are great for windows on ceilings. You can open them up a fraction to allow constant air flow and light into your rooms.
Advantages of Both Styles
There are certain advantages to both of these styles. For instance, both can be propped open to any degree to allow airflow. Also, cranking open an awning or casement window is usually easier than trying to force open a sliding window frame. They are both often installed in difficult-to-reach areas.
The best feature of casement and awning windows is that they have a larger viewing area and allow more light in than sliding windows. There is no bar or hinge in the center of the window to obstruct your views. Both options are great for residential windows. You can mix and match, choosing the style that is most appropriate for each fixture. Keep these styles in mind as you undergo your next window replacement project.