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Pros and Cons of Awning Windows

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Are you thinking about installing awning windows but need some more information before deciding if this will be your best window choice? Take a look below at some of the advantages and disadvantages of awning windows. Hopefully, by the time you reach the end of this tutorial you will be clearer on where and when to install awning windows in your home.


  • Security
  • Awning windows are more secure than sliding windows. They can be locked with a key and they can even be locked open to attain air ventilation and security at the same time. Awning windows are more difficult to break into than double hung windows. Therefore, awning windows are sometimes a great option for lower levels of the home.

  • Weather protection
  • Awning windows are a great blend of functionality and protection from the environment. One beautiful feature of awning windows is you can leave them open during the rain and they will naturally deflect the rain away from the window opening and the window sill. That is a feature that really comes in handy on a warm rainy day.

  • Ease of Use
  • Awning windows are generally simple, easy to use. They rarely break or need repair. These windows are controlled by a chain winder. These tend to last and function nicely for many years. You may find awning windows that operate with a crank or by hand.


  • Space
  • Awning windows will only open to a certain point. If you install awning windows, do not put them near a deck or patio. They will extend out into the air, wherever that may be. If that may happen in a place where people dwell often you may want to consider a different style of window that will not take up that space.

  • Price
  • Awning windows cost about 25% more than sliding windows. This is partly due to the fact that they all come with a chain winder, which is an expensive little mechanism. They are very reliable windows in the end, and beautiful, so, sometimes, thatís worth a little extra.

    Note: Many people install awning windows and double hung windows as well, or even other type so of windows. Mixing and matching is a great thing to do.

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