Casement and Awning Windows

If you’re looking for a versatile, stylish, and unique window that offers an excellent amount of airflow and sunlight into your home, look no further than casement and awning windows.

Although both of these windows are technically considered to be in the same category, a category referred to as crank windows, they’re not exactly the same. Both of them are beautiful additions to your home and will immediately add value to it the moment they’re installed. So what’re the main differences? Let’s take a look!

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Casement Windows

Casement windows are a fantastic way to improve the curb appeal of your home. Like picture windows, they provide an unobstructed view of the outdoors and a tremendous amount of natural light to whatever room they’re in. However, to differentiate these windows from something like a picture window, they possess the incredibly useful ability to crank open to allow airflow into your home.

For a crank window to accurately be called a casement window, the window must be hinged at the sides and open outward, almost like a door with a cranking mechanism. This allows airflow into your home and is ultimately easier to clean and maintain, mostly due to the fact that these windows don’t have sashes that you’d need to worry about.

Awning windows are very similar in style, however they are hinged at the top. Both easily glide open or shut with the turn of an easy-to-reach handle. Learn more about these two window styles and their differences.

Awning Windows

Awning windows are extremely similar to casement windows. Both are crank windows and provide an excellent view, all while also providing airflow.

There are a few differences, however. The most obvious way that they differentiate is where the hinges are located on the window. For awning windows, the hinges are placed on the top of the window, whereas casement windows have hinges on the sides. Instead of opening to the left or the right, awning windows open upwards.

Because of this, awning windows can only be made in certain sizes. They can’t be made nearly as big as casement windows can, just because the hinges can only hold up so much weight. This is why many times you see awning windows assembled in a row as a combination unit.

Awning windows are also typically made for spaces that require a wide surface area, rather than a tall one. In general, they’re often used for areas like bathrooms and basements, where there isn’t quite enough space for a tall window.

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Which Is Better?

The truth is, both are just about the same. Casement windows do have a slight advantage over awning windows due to the fact that you can clean them from the inside. You can also order casement windows in a larger size.

It all depends on what fits your home the best. Both are excellent sources of light and air ventilation that provide unobstructed views of the outdoors and are sure to add a beautiful aesthetic to your home.

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If you’re interested in learning more about awning and casement windows, feel free to ask us anything! We’re seasoned professionals that install crank windows, and we can help you figure out which configuration would work best for you. Contact us today for information on our designs and more!