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Awning Windows

Awning Windows
July 20
13:33 2014
Awning Windows

Awning Windows

Awning windows are designed to maximize light and air inside the structure. These types of windows are usually installed in bedrooms and other areas that privacy is needed but light and air are important components too.

Awning windows can be installed next to other windows, in columns or installed well above patio or terrace doors creating additional light and air entrance areas.

Materials used for Awning WIndows: Steel and wood are the most expensive materials for awning windows, while aluminum, cellular PVC, composite, fiberglass, and vinyl are the least expensive.

Advantages of Awning Windows

  • Good light and Ventilation: Awning windows can be placed higher in walls than other types of windows, like a clerestory to let hot air escape. When placed high, awning windows can provide natural light, without compromising privacy. High placement also allows for maximum wall space for design aspects such as art and furniture placement.
  • Weather-tight construction: Awning windows offer a superior seal against air passing through.
  • Best choice in damp climates: Because of the way awning windows are constructed, Awning windows can protect your home against moisture, even when they’re open during a rainstorm. They allow ventilation, without the threat of water seeping into the home.
  • Attractive, contemporary look: Newer awning windows use friction hinges at either end of the top edge. This allows the bottom edge of the awning window to swing open, creating a fresh, contemporary look.

Disadvantages of Awning Windows

  • Partial ventilation: Awning windows offer only partial ventilation.
  • Unsafe for high traffic areas of the exterior home: If an awning window sits overlooking sidewalks, decks, porches, or terraces, someone can easily collide with the windows’ jutting sashes.
  • Require frequent washing: Open sashes on awning windows slant horizontally, so they become dirty faster than other types of windows and require regular washing.
  • Escape may be difficult: Screens and storm windows are mounted on the inside of awning windows. This could make a fast escape difficult in case of a fire or other dangerous situation. However, the construction of awning windows makes entry quite difficult as well.

To get more information on other types of windows, click here: Types of Windows

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