One of the first things you’ll need to decide when choosing replacement windows for your Michigan home is what style of window you’d like. Casement windows and awning windows are two popular styles that open outward on hinges. Because the styles are similar, homeowners sometimes struggle to choose between them.
Here’s a closer look at the differences between the two styles and some instances where each is the better choice.
Awning windows are mounted on hinges that are placed on the top of the window. You open the window by turning a crank at the bottom of the window frame. The window then hinges outward, creating a gap at the bottom to let air inside. As with most windows, you can fit awning windows with a grille for added character, and they come in a wide array of colors.
Awning windows work well in hard-to-reach places, such as over the kitchen sink. It’s a lot easier to lean in and turn a crank than it would be to push a double-hung window up from its base. With an awning window, your view is not obstructed even when the window is open, making this style a good choice if you have a beautiful view out your window.
An awning window also works well on a top floor that overlooks a patio or deck. Since the window rises up when it’s open, you won’t typically have to worry about people hitting their heads when they’re underneath it.
One difficulty that arises with awning windows is the need for space outside the window. Since the window hinges outward, you won’t be able to open it very wide if there’s a tree or shrub in the way outside.
Like awning windows, casement windows are mounted on hinges and open with a crank – but the hinges are placed to one side rather than along the top of the window. When you turn the crank, a gap is created to the side of the window.
Casement windows can be used anywhere in the home. They tend to offer better ventilation than awning windows because of the way they open; they’re great at catching cross-breezes. This makes them a good choice for bedrooms and living rooms where you want plenty of airflow.
When considering awning windows versus casement windows, also keep the view in mind. Casement windows can obstruct your view when they’re open since they open to the side. If you have a window with a great view of a forest or your carefully designed landscape, you may want to go with an awning window in that spot instead.
Casement windows may also be a better choice if you have trees or shrubs outside your Michigan home. As long as the tree or shrub is placed slightly to one side of the window, you should be able to open the window at least part way without bumping into it. Your window replacement professionalcan adjust the side that the window opens based on the location of the shrubs. Casement windows by Renewal by Andersen crank all the way open to a 90 degree angle. This makes it easy to clean both the inside and outside of the glass — and the obstruction of the view is minimal.
When considering awning windows versus casement windows, remember that both seal well for improved energy efficiency. They’re both easy to open and close, and their colors can be customized to match your home. You can mix and match styles throughout your home depending on individual windows’ characteristics. Contact Renewal by Andersen to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your replacement options.