Choosing new windows is exciting, but it is also an intricate process. The complexity of your process depends on several factors including the speed of delivery and price, as well as functionality and efficiency. Your priorities will determine the style and type of windows you choose. So to help narrow down your options here is some useful information about two similar window styles—casement and awning windows.
What are Casement Windows?
Casement windows hinge to one side and open outward, usually with a hand crank. You can get casement windows in a variety of materials and sizes. But typically these windows are best suited for taller openings, and nothing too wide. Also if the pane is too heavy, the hinges will not be able to support it.
What are Awning Windows?
These windows are like casement windows, but hinge at the top and also open outward. They create, as the name suggests, a small awning over the window opening. But unlike casement windows, these are better suited for window openings that are wider than they are tall.
Benefits of Casement and Awning Windows
With both casement and awning windows you can expect:
1. More Natural Light
Casement and awning windows do not have center rails like a double hung, allowing for more complete, unobstructed views and natural light for the same sized opening. Also, many homeowners choose to install awning windows high up on the walls in their basements. This allows for more natural sunlight to filter into an otherwise dark space.
Few windows give you as much control over ventilation as casement and awning windows. With double-hung and slider windows, you can only open half of the window at a time. With casement windows, you can crank them open just a crack, or open them fully for more natural breezes. And with casement windows, you can even catch wind that blows side-long against your house.
3. Weather Protection
Awning windows give you the option of ventilation, even if it is raining. And even better, when outswing casements and awnings are closed and the wind blows against them, it forms an even tighter seal so you don’t have to worry as much about air and moisture infiltration.
4. Energy Efficiency
Awning and casement windows close and latch tight. And while they are not as airtight as picture windows, they are more efficient than sliding or hung windows. You will have less heat transfer and lower energy costs.
5. Increased Home Value
Old, dilapidated windows will deter many prospective home buyers if you are looking to sell. But clean, modern replacement windows are some of the best improvements you can make and still get a great return on your investment. They will catch the eye of buyers and boost the value of your home.
6. Easy Operation
You can open awning and casement windows with just one hand. The crank or motor design on these windows makes them perfect for hard to reach areas like over the sink, behind a sofa, or high on the wall.