Awning Replacement Windows
Awning windows so named because, when open, they resemble awnings. They are hinged on the top and open outward from the top axis. Many people enjoy the unique ventilation options awning windows offer. Awning windows are thought of as the fresh air windows, or the windows you can keep open during a light rain.
Awning windows are often considered ��traditional.' People often associate them more frequently with older or historic homes, where the architecture dates to the days before air conditioning, and creative ventilation methods were developed to counter the weather conditions. But don't be fooled! Awning windows are regularly found in contemporary homes, typically as transoms above doors. As replacement windows, awning windows are affordable and are one of the easiest windows to replace and install.
Why You Should Consider Awning Replacement Windows
Choosing awning replacement windows is a terrific idea if you're looking to boost the circulation of fresh air in your home. Awning windows are perfect for increased ventilation. While most often found above a door, awning windows can be placed above other windows, or stacked one on top of the other above a casement window, or even placed below another window. Just about any combination is possible!
Another good location for a replacement awning window is any location where you might have to reach over something else to open a window, such as over a kitchen sink or counter. Unlike casement windows, which typically require turning a crank (which can be hard while you're leaning over, not to mention it requires more elbow room), awning windows open with the simple twist of a handle.
Simple Design of Awning Windows: Form Follows Function
Awning windows are pretty straightforward, and are similar to casement windows. They are like casement windows turned on their side, actually, but with slightly different dimensions. They are usually wider than they are tall (long and rectangular for placement over doors and windows, for instance), but they are available in many shapes and sizes.
Awning windows tend to let in more light than casement windows. They are relatively common in homes that have traditional double-hung windows, because they are so complementary. You will also often find them above picture windows.
Because the hinge opens from one fixed side, like casement windows, awning windows use compression seals and are thus very energy efficient. Compression seals provide a tighter seal, and casement and awning windows use compression seals on three sides. Windows that slide, such as gliding or double-hung windows, only use compression seals on two sides.
Another variation on the awning window is the hopper window, which tilts in from the bottom edge. A hopper window is really just the inverse of an awning window, and is often placed over doors or near the top of the wall in basements and basement apartments.
Replacement Awning Window Materials
Replacement awning windows are available in a variety of materials, such as wood, vinyl, aluminum, steel, and nylon. Wood, which is the most expensive material, tends to be one of the more popular awning window types. Vinyl windows are a durable and inexpensive choice because they are affordable, easy to install, and very low maintenance (no painting or staining and no termites). Aluminum awning windows are very strong and are typically used for commercial projects, although they are sometimes used for residential basement windows.
Awning Window Handles and Glazings
Replacement awning windows also offer a range of glazings to suit your needs and style. You can choose from glass or plastic, clear or frosted, or even bulletproof glass for extra security. Low-E glass options offer even greater energy efficiency and can help prevent sun damage to fabrics and artwork inside, regulate an even temperature, and let more light in.
For an even classier look, companies such as Andersen and Pella offer a variety of removable and permanent grilles in styles such as colonial and farmhouse. Of course, insect screens are another useful addition, and some, such as Andersen's TruScene®, offer a virtually unobstructed view.
Keeping water out when the window is open is an especially important concern for this popular rainy-day-window, and is often solved with a continuous hinge hood. Some awning windows also feature molded nylon sash corner guards that prevent water from splashing in.
Today's replacement awning windows make it even easier to open and close them, too. Wedgeless cam handles eliminate the need to lean out to close an open window, and adjustable friction stays mean you no longer have to prop open a window.
Uses For Awning Windows
Awning windows are often a mainstay of older homes, especially those built before the advent of air conditioning. In those days, ceiling fans and awning windows provided much of a home's ventilation. In modern homes, awning windows are usually a stylistic addition, placed above doors or windows for extra illumination and added ventilation. Awning windows are very versatile and can be used alone or in combination. They are strikingly beautiful and highly functional.
Replacement Awning Window Manufacturers
Most window manufacturers produce replacement awning windows in standard and custom sizes, and offer a variety of options from material to glazings to grilles and hardware. Replacement awning window manufacturers include Andersen, Pella, Gorell, Milgard, Loewen, Hurd, Thermal Industries, Inc., and Weather Shield.