Awning windows are hinged at the top and swing out from the bottom, gliding open and shut with the turn of a handle. They are a great option for places that need extra ventilation and light.
Awning windows are often used for basements because they can be placed high on the wall and easily operate with a turn of the handle. They are a great choice to pair with non-operable windows, such as above or below a picture window, since awning windows are generally smaller in size than double hungs, casements or sliders.
Awning Windows vs. Casement Windows
Awning windows and casement windows are commonly referred to as crank windows, since they are opened using a cranking mechanism. The two window types easily glide open or shut by turning an easy-to-reach fold-down handle. Both are very similar in style, but have two distinct differences.
Casement windows are hinged at the side and open outward, to the left or to the right. They are available in one, two, three, four or five-lite configurations. Casement windows are made for openings in which the height is greater than the width. However, awning windows are hinged at the top and are only available in one, two or three-lite configurations. Awning windows are made for openings in which the width is greater than the height.
Since awning and casement windows open outward fully, they provide maximum ventilation and natural light. They work well in places where ventilation is required, such as in a bathroom or kitchen and are also commonly used in a sitting room, where unobstructed views are desired.
This style of window requires a fair amount of free space around it to allow it to open fully. Trees, shrubs and other obstructions should be located away from the outside of the window.
Benefits of Crank Windows
Crank windows do not have any rails or meeting sashes, providing a spectacular, unobstructed view of the outdoors. They are also very easy to open and are ideal for hard-to-reach spaces. The space above your kitchen sink is the perfect place for an awning or casement window, because it allows for easy access to open and close the window effortlessly.
Awning and casement windows have great ventilation capabilities. They’re structural strength allows for larger window sizes and can provide an abundance of air and natural light.
Awning and casement windows do not have any rails or bars, providing a spectacular, unobstructed view of the outdoors
Folk Windows awning and casement windows are manufactured with 1-1/8-inch thick insulated glass for maximum energy efficiency and home comfort.
Our fold–down handles are easily turned and allow for smooth, easy opening and closing for the life of your window, without interfering with window treatments.
Unique window design and a 90-degree open angle facilitate easy exterior cleaning from the comfort and safety of your home.
Secure your windows at two, three or four points (depending on size) with one easy-to-operate handle, with our multi-point cam locking system.
Both awning and casement windows are excellent choices when it comes to installing windows in your home. Depending on your preferences and needs, either window will be a great custom addition to your home!