Is your home getting up there in years and every single window is broken? Then it’s probably time to renovate and replace those windows.
You’ve probably grown bored of the window style you currently have and are looking for something different, like an awning or sliding window!
But what do we really know about windows?
Yes, they let in natural light and keep out insects, but what else is there?
When it comes to window shopping (pun intended), you really need to do your research.
Different types of windows will have different benefits and change the overall look of a home, both inside and outside.
Here’s what you can expect to get with sliding and awning windows.
Sliding windows are a lot like their cousin sliding glass doors and function in much the same way. To open, you unlock the window and slide it to the left or right depending on its manufacturing.
Although, most sliding windows will only open one way and are typically design to have two glass panels, which overlap when opened.
A key feature of sliding windows is that they open horizontally. Sliding windows shouldn’t be confused with single hung windows, which are opened by sliding the bottom panel up.
Additionally, sliding windows will cost you around $300 to $1,400 per window.
Keep in mind the total cost of replacing windows will vary depending on the retailer, cost of installation, and the building material of your house.
Most sliding windows are wider than they are tall, because of this they have the best appeal with a house that has shorter walls. Since sliding windows take up space horizontally, they give the illusion of the walls appearing taller than they actually are.
Some areas of the house that are perfect spots for sliding windows are bedrooms and kitchens (especially above the sink).
Room to Decorate
Awning windows and other types of vertical windows often don’t leave room for furniture to be pushed up against the wall beneath them. At least, not without everyone outside seeing the furniture up against the window.
Since sliding windows are wide and short, you can place furniture directly below the window without having it right against the glass, such as a couch or table.
Maintaining sliding windows is relatively easy due to the simple designs. Maintenance mostly involves cleaning off the dirt as it accumulates and lubricating the tracks the window slides on every now and then when the window starts to jam.
Because sliding windows have a simple design and maintenance is so easy, they tend to outlast other types of windows. Windows with cranks like an awning will eventually wear out their hardware and break. Sliding windows don’t have such hardware and don’t break as often.
Open One or Both Sides
Depending on the design, some sliding windows can be opened either from on one side only or from both sides. In other words, you’ll have a window that slides open on one side but not the other. Or, you’ll have a window that allows you to slide open both sides partially, improving ventilation.
Unlike hinged windows, sliding windows are harder to weatherproof. This stems from the fact that you need to seal around the tracks of the sliding window. However, an improper seal will affect the functionality of your sliding window.
Less Energy Efficient
Another downside to sliding windows is that they aren’t airtight when closed. Since sliding windows are on a track, the seal around them needs to be more flexible to accommodate. This makes sliding windows less energy efficient than awning windows.
Awning windows are hinged windows with either a single or double glass panes. Both versions of the awning window will have one glass pane that opens outwards at a 45-degree angle.
A double pane awning window will have two panes, one above the other, and it is typically the bottom pane that opens outward while the top pane doesn’t open at all.
Awning windows are incredibly easy to open and close with a crank attached near the bottom of the window.
Most awning windows will cost anywhere between $400 to $800 per window with prices varying due to retailer and labor costs.
Awning windows are naturally weatherproof thanks to their awning-like qualities when opened (hence the name). Because the hinge on an awning window is located at the top of the glass pane, the window will open outward at an angle.
You will even be able to open your awning window when it’s raining because the rain will roll down the window pane and not get into your house.
Awning windows with a single pane of glass provide a view similar to a picture window, but on a smaller scale. Many other types of windows, such as slider windows, have framing surrounding each pane. The framing on such windows cuts through your view to the outside.
You can enjoy your picturesque backyard or flower box without window frames blocking your sight.
Better Insulation and Energy Efficiency
Compared to sliding windows, single pane awning windows are much more energy efficient. The windows are better sealed and don’t have lots of seams from multiple glass panes. Awning windows let in much less air when closed, which means they are better insulated as well.
Another benefit of awning windows is they can be placed higher up on a wall for better security and privacy. The higher up an awning window is, the harder it will be for anyone trying to break into your home to climb through.
Placement of awning windows is crucial. You don’t want to place an awning window on a wall that is right next to a pathway or high traffic area. When opened, the awning window can obstruct the pathway and cause an inconvenience for others.
Because awning windows open at an angle, they create more surface for dirt and roof runoff to cling to. This means you’ll need to clean your awning windows more often whenever they become too dirty for your liking.
Awning windows are not great for emergency exits. Not only do they take longer to open, but most awning windows are also relatively small. If you know you live in an area where having an escape window is beneficial, then an awning window is not the style of window that is right for you.
Do You Have a Preferred Window Style?
When looking for a window style to replace your old ones, you’ll need to consider the areas around your current windows, how you want to decorate the windows, and what purpose you want your windows to serve (if any).
Awning windows and sliding windows are just two styles of many more, so if neither of these styles sounded right to you, you still have a lot more options left.