Pros And Cons Of Awning-Style Windows For Your Kitchen

Awning-style windows are short, wide windows that open outwards from a top-mounted hinge. The window stops opening mid-way and can stay propped open much like an awning over a front door. Awning windows are often used to highlight static picture windows but this window style is also popular in kitchens above the sink.

If you are considering a replacement window for your kitchen, here are some pros and cons of awning-style windows to consider before meeting with a window installation company.

Pro: All-Weather Ventilation

Kitchen windows let in sunlight but are more useful for providing some natural ventilation. Many windows placed in the area over the kitchen sink slide open up and down but barely have the room to open. An awning window, which opens out rather than up, offers much more ventilation in the same amount of space.

An awning window can also stay open during rain and snowstorms as the shape of the window keeps the elements on the outside. You can enjoy year-round ventilation without worrying about indoor water damage.

Pro: Low Profile, Easy-Open Frame

The indoor frame of an awning window has a relatively low profile in that it doesn't take up much sill space. The bulk of the window is outside and a simple crank and lever provide the opening and locking mechanisms. Awning windows are therefore a great addition to a small ledge where a double-hung or even casement window would take up too much room.

The crank and levers are also both easy to operate even if you have somewhat limited hand dexterity. Windows that slide up and down can prove far harder to operate than an awning window.

Con: Requires Outside Clearance  

The primary downside of an awning window is that the window requires a fair amount of clearance on the outside of your home. This means you can't have any patio furniture, trees, or tall bushes directly against the window.

Clearance isn't an issue for many homeowners, but if you have a small yard already, you might not want to give up even more space. In that case, you should consider a window that slides up and down in its frame and requires no extra outdoor clearance.

Or you might prefer a casement window, which opens outward like an awning window but swings to the side rather than straight out. Casements have many of the same pros as awnings but require more vertical room as these windows are taller than they are wide.

For a window installation company, contact a company such as Mister Window Inc.