Valued both for their practicality and their style, awning windows are versatile enough for almost any setting. Also called hopper windows, awning windows have hinges at the top and bottom, though most swing open outward, and some swing open inward. Because they open from the bottom, they allow air to circulate throughout the room, while the top part of the window forms a shield that prevents rain or other outside elements from entering. They also have interior screens, are easy to clean, and are often used in schools and multi-family structures such as apartment buildings.
Features of Awning Windows
They are usually small, and frequently used in basements, over doors, and in rooms where furniture interferes with access to windows. They are both functional and attractive, and blend well with any type of architecture and decor. Awning windows are energy-efficient and easy to operate. They provide a better view than other windows because they lack features that obstruct vision.
Awning Window Options
Awning windows are usually secured with a thumbturn clasp. Because they are easily pried open, they should be secured with additional, sturdy locks. However, their small size deters many burglars. Awning windows can be configured in several styles, including as a single window, stacked on top of each other, side-by-side, or paired with picture windows. When combined with casement windows, they create a stunning view and a picturesque glass wall that enhances any decor.
Window manufacturers offer several options, including insect screens in colors like white, bronze, or sandstone. Many companies also offer enhanced security, such as key locks, concealed locks, security plates, quick-release sashes, and heavy-duty sash locks. Other extra features include ventilators to help circulate air; various glazing options, including insulated glazing; weatherstripping; hook hinges to allow wider opening; bulb seals for high-wind areas; folding handles to prevent getting caught in blinds or curtains; and a wide variety of colors from which to choose.
Seals and Reinforcements For Awning Windows
Awning windows should have frames reinforced with steel, and should also be guaranteed against sagging. For a more durable frame, choose a multi-chambered, fusion-welded design, which increases both energy efficiency and strength. Awning windows are generally sealed tighter than other types of windows, as they seal by compressing the window sash against the weatherstripping; this protects better against wind, rain, and other kinds of inclement weather. Because they have compression seals, awning windows allow for about half as much air leakage as double-hung windows, or horizontal sliding windows, which use sliding seals.