Awning windows are really just what they sound like. They have hinges at the top so that they can open outward, looking a lot like an awning. These windows help to add a lot of ventilation to your home. They are often used with other windows, to create a unique look. They are also really easy for you to get them to open and close, making them pretty convenient windows. They can even be opened when it is lightly raining, depending on the angle of the rain.
Most windows that you see in homes that are built these days are usually opened and closed with sliding bars. This is not always the case. Many windows, including awning windows, use hinges to open and close. These windows have a lot of different benefits as well. They are not only somewhat weather resistant, but they can also help to improve your view and give you added security. These are just a few things to consider if you are thinking about getting an awning window.
Awning windows have been a popular choice over the years, especially in the past. They were often used in homes that didn’t have air conditioner. Now, they are used because they are not only practical, but they also look great. You can still see them in older buildings and schools, but thankfully they have come a long way with the design over the years.
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The Average Price of Awning Windows
Awning windows will typically cost anywhere from $420 to $760 per window. This does not include the installation costs. This is just the price of the window. This is going to really depend a lot on the size of the window, and the structure of the window. These are things that you can discuss with your window professional to determine something that will fit within your budget.
The good news is that you can choose materials that are less expensive, making it more budget friendly. The problem, however, is that when it comes to the window material you usually get what you pay for. This means that if you get cheap windows, chances are they will not stand the test of time. You should really look for something that is going to offer you the most when it comes to quality and cost. This offers a win – win situation when it comes to your pocketbook and the durability.
The Various Sizes of Awning Windows
Awning windows can come in a variety of different sizes. You can customize your own size depending on your home, and discuss this with your window installer. The standard size for this type of window, however, ranges up to 6’ by 4’. If you need something larger, however, you can still talk about it and get an estimate. Most window installers can customize to meet any size requirements.
The Advantages of Awning Windows
Awning windows sure do have their fair share of benefits. First, they are considered to be weatherproof. Casement windows usually open side to side, or up and down, which really does not allow much keeping out the weather when the windows are open. Awning windows create an awning by opening upwards and outwards. This helps to keep out water, even if you have the window open. You may not can keep it open during the heaviest of storms, but during light storms you can rest assured that there will not be too much water getting into your home. Just don’t think it is safe to leave them open during a heavy storm while you are away. You never know how the wind will make the rain move, and you don’t want to damage any of the furnishings within your home.
Awning windows are unique in the way that they open as well. Since they open upwards, there is no obstruction in the window view. This gives you a great view of the outdoors, especially if you opt for a larger window. Awning windows are made up of one single piece of glass, meaning that they do not get interrupted by muntins or rails in the glass or frame. If you want a clear view of the outside, with the ability to vent, then an awning window may be one of the best options when it comes to an affordable window.
Since these windows are usually pretty big and unobstructed, they usually offer a lot of natural sunlight. If you have rooms in your home that are not adequately lit, then a natural light source through an awning window can be a great solution. They not only help with ventilation and fresh air, but they can also boost your vitamin D consumption by allowing in solar light during the day. This is something to consider when it comes to positioning though, because it can be dreadful to have the sun staring you in the face as you sit at the breakfast table or dinner table at night. Just consider where the sun rises and sets, and how it will shine through. This is something else you can discuss with your contractor.
Windows that are made up of multiple pieces of glass held together usually give the possibility of a lack of insulation. This is important to consider, because these awning windows are usually one single piece of glass. This means that there are fewer seams there to allow air through. They are typically sealed very well, and don’t provide much air flow at all if the window is closed. Some of these windows even offer energy star ratings, giving you the ability to lower your heating and cooling costs.
Finally, awning windows have a higher sense of security than other windows. This is especially true if you have them installed higher up on the wall. This makes it harder for an intruder to come in and be able to get into your home, even if they were to get the window open. These are all great advantages to consider.
The Disadvantages of Awning Windows
Next, we need to take a look at some of the cons that come along with having an awning window. First, they can sometimes cause an obstruction when it comes to your walkways. Since they open outward, they may congest small outdoor patios and other spaces. This is why the placement of your window is so very important. You should try to position them in a place where heavily trafficked areas are not obstructed. Discuss this with your installer to see what they think about the best placement of your awning windows.
Awning windows do come with their fair share of maintenance as well. Awning windows get a lot of moisture around them, since they are often used during storms. The windows are quick to catch debris, meaning you will have to clean them more often. If they are higher up, then cleaning them may be a hassle. If you don’t like a lot of maintenance and upkeep with your windows, then an awning window may not be ideal for you.
The sheer fact that awning windows are usually placed higher up in a room make them less ideal for emergency exits. If you want to have a safe exit in the event of a fire or other emergency, then you will want to look for a different exit. This doesn’t mean you can’t get an awning window, it just means that you need to have another way out of the house just in case. Don’t trust it as your emergency escape window.
Where Should You Place Your Awning Windows?
Did you know that awning windows are actually ideal for just about any room in your home? They have been added in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, living areas, and even bedrooms. They are a great solution when it comes to improving the air flow in your home as well. The good news is that you can put them anywhere really, as long as it doesn’t obstruct anything outside.
Professional Installation for Your Awning Windows
Awning windows definitely need professional installation. Talk to a professional about windows and other options, including the materials and the sizes and location. They will be able to offer you a consultation, complete with a quote. Look for a company that has great customer service, and a no hassle turnaround time on your installation. Just remember, you don’t want to go with the cheapest option, nor the fastest. You really want the job done right, so you need to be willing to spend a little bit more to ensure that.
Professional installation is so important because if it is not done correctly, then you may have a problem when it comes to leaks. If the seal on the window is not done properly, then the problem comes that you may allow moisture in. Over time, this can lead to issues with your infrastructure within your home as well. It can even rot the wood underneath your window frames, causing a lot more problems down the road.
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