In this article, you will learn:
1. What are sliding glass windows?
2. What are awning style windows?
3. A side-by-side comparison of sliding windows vs. awning windows
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Selecting the best window types for your home can require a lot of careful thought and planning.
From budget and style to functionality and energy-efficiency – each style of window offers a unique balance of characteristics to fit the needs of your home.
While window replacements are still one of the most popular renovation projects for Canadian homeowners, it’s important to consider all of the specific features that each style of window has to offer!
At Stouffville Glass, we love to help our clients make the best decisions for their homes and their families.
While we have already created comparison guides for “Single-Hung vs. Double-Hung Windows” and “Double-Hung vs. Casement Windows” in the past; the following article will help you understand the pros and cons of Sliding Glass Windows vs. Awning Windows, as well as a side-by-side comparison guide to help you make more confident decisions.
What are Sliding Glass Windows?
Sliding glass windows are one of the most popular, practical and long-lasting window styles found in North American homes.
Comparable to sliding glass doors, slider windows are operated by moving the glass panel(s) horizontally across a track.
Available in single- or double-slider options, the horizontal design is a very popular option for basement spaces or rooms with shorter walls.
Unlike the single- or double-hung window styles (which are moved vertically to open or close), sliding windows are very easy to use as they do not require cranks, handles or physical force to operate.
With a simple design, it is not uncommon for slider windows to outlast awning windows as there is no additional hardware to maintain or repair!
Unfortunately, the benefits of unobstructed views, natural sunlight and air ventilation are not completely problem-free.
As sliding glass windows are essentially glass panels on a track, they are much harder to weatherproof.
Without an airtight seal, sliding glass windows might not be the best option for homeowners looking to increase their property’s energy-efficiency.
– Tend to outlast other window styles
– Available in standard sizes
– Unobstructed view
– Easy to operate & maintain
– Great for sunlight & ventilation
– Ideal for basements or spaces with shorter walls
– Harder to weatherproof
– Less energy-efficient
– The seal is not as airtight
– Windows might rattle from wind or storms
– Regular cleaning required to keep the tracks from attracting dirt and dust
What are Awning Style Windows?
Awning windows have become more and more popular with modern homeowners.
Operated by a crank, awning windows open outwards to a 45-degree angle and are typically positioned in higher, tougher-to-reach areas (such as kitchens or bathrooms).
True to their name, these windows actually become an “awning”-like structure in their open position – meaning you can enjoy some fresh air and ventilation even while it’s raining!
With hinges at the top, awning windows create an airtight seal when closed, which can also help reduce your energy expenses with increased energy-efficiency.
Much like sliding windows, awning style windows have a single sash with no dividers.
This means you can enjoy unobstructed views with optimal sunlight capabilities all year round!
A disadvantage, however, is that the outward-opening design may interfere with any high-traffic areas (such as patios, porches, terraces or decks) if they are not installed high enough.
It may be helpful to consult a Window Replacement Professional to help determine the most practical window options for your home.
– Great for higher, tougher-to-reach areas
– Excellent ventilation (even during the rain)
– Great for insulation & energy-efficiency
– Natural sunlight & unobstructed view
– Increased safety & privacy
– May protrude into high traffic areas
– High maintenance (for cranking mechanism)
– Require more cleaning than traditional windows
– May be difficult to escape from during an emergency
Side-by-Side Comparison of Sliding Windows vs Awning Window Styles:
|Sliding Glass Windows||Awning Windows|
Typically $300-$1,400 per window
||Typically $400-800 per window|
HorizontalGreat for spaces with shorter
walls (such as the basement)
Open outwards to a 45-degree angleIdeal for smaller, harder to reach
spaces (such as kitchens or bathrooms)
Operated by sliding the glass
panel(s) across a track to open or close
Operated by a crank attached to
the bottom of the window
Very easy to operate, no crank
Crank handle required, easy to
|Sash:||2 sashes, mounted in tracks||
1 sash, hinged at the top of
Not as energy-efficient (seal is
Very energy-efficient as cranking
mechanism creates an airtight seal
Harder to weatherproof as the
windows are on tracks
Design allows for an open window
during the rain without the risk of water entering the home
|Ventilation:||Great ventilation||Excellent ventilation|
Low maintenance with a long life
Requires higher maintenance
compared to traditional windows
Tracks and outside of window might
be more challenging to clean
Requires more frequent cleaning
than traditional windows
|Safety:||Self-locking mechanism||Design allows for maximum safety|
How to Choose Between Sliding Windows and Awning Windows:
When looking for the best window replacement options for your home, it is important to consider a balance of price, functionality, style and energy-efficiency.
In some cases, every room in your home may have different specifications and requirements!
Take the time to consider how each window’s features might contribute to your property and your needs.
If you are interested in learning more about your window replacement options, our experts are always happy to help!
Click here or call us at (905) 640-4016 for a complimentary consultation.