Whether you are replacing your windows as part of a Michigan home renovation or due to damage from a weather storm, there are a lot of decisions to be made. One decision is to choose whether you want double hung, picture, bay, bow or awning windows or a combination of several types within your home.
Experts say there are several pros and cons of awning windows. Awning windows may require more frequent washing than other types of windows of the open sashes that slant. When open, the projecting sashes jut out, which poses a problem if they are placed near decks, porches, sidewalks or somewhere with a lot of foot traffic.
Although the construction of awning windows makes it difficult to break into a home, it can likewise be challenging to make a quick exit in case of an emergency. However, if placed in the right places, awning windows offer many distinct advantages. They are particularly popular as bathroom windows and as the window just above a kitchen sink.
Providing excellent ventilation
One of the benefits of choosing awning windows as your replacement windows is the fact that they provide excellent ventilation. They are often installed higher up on a wall, which provides natural light and allows for greater air flow. Like the clerestory windows in modern homes, the awning windows set up high don’t compromise privacy and give designers more options for the wall space below.
Protecting home from weather elements
Living in Michigan, you may be frustrated by the way inclement weather affects your comfort level in the home. Awning windows don’t allow rain water or snow to get into the home but still provide ventilation.
Giving your home a fresh look
A lot of Michigan homeowners love the contemporary look of replacement windows including awning windows that come with a variety of hardware finishes. From polished chrome, satin nickel to brushed chrome and antique brass, the hardware finishes for today’s replacement windows blend into a modern or vintage style home.
Other perks of having replacement windows including awning ones is that they can provide greater energy efficiency for decreased heating and cooling costs. At Renewal by Andersen Michigan, we offer a free consultation so you can choose the best replacement windows for your goals. For more information on energy-efficient windows and doors of any style, please contact us.