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Awning Windows: Still a Popular Choice

Awning Window

Awning windows are a type of window that is hinged at the top and opens at the bottom. While many modern buildings have double hung windows, you will still see awning type windows on industrial buildings, residential basements, enclosed porches and many older homes. Modern homes sometimes use them as upper story windows as well as the angled construction allows fresh air to enter while blocking wind or rain. They are also used above a door a below a double hung window.
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Awning windows, like other windows show the benefits of modern technology. Where once a person needed some sort of prop to hold them open, today’s awning windows have friction glides that will hold them open in any position. Some also have continuous hoods to keep water from coming in over the top as well as corner guards to keep water from splashing in and a variety of attractive screens to keep insects out.

As with other types of replacement windows, you will have a choice of materials. Aluminum awning windows are used mostly as casement windows or in industry, but they are available for residential use as well. Usually, aluminum residential windows will be aluminum veneer over wood, thus allowing for the warmth of wood on the inside, but the durability of aluminum on the outside. If your replacements are for very large windows such as those found on large office complexes, aluminum will provide strength that neither vinyl nor wood can give.

Three companies that are well known for quality replacement windows are Pella, Marvin, and Andersen (commonly misspelled, "Anderson"). The companies advertise wood, vinyl and even fiberglass with the same design options as the other windows of the building. For the highest qualityand most expensiveoptions, Pella offers their Architect Series which can be custom build to fit your structure.

Andersen offers a highly efficient vinyl and wood composite that is operated simply by turning a handle and is ideal in places where space is limited or where it is difficult to reach a window that has to be pushed up in order to openfor example, over a kitchen sink or in a narrow space such as a bathroom. Like Pella, Andersen windows can be found in building supply stores nationwide. They come with dual weather stripping, an operating mechanism that holds them open in any position, and double locking points to keep them closed tightly.

According to the Replacement Window Center, awning windows remain affordable and are some of the easiest windows to install. Additional manufacturers include Gorell, Milgard, Loewen, Hurd, Thermal Industries, Inc., and Weather Shield. Use our friendly quoting service to receive quotes on your windows and a contact link for a contractorif desiredwho will be able to install your windows in premium time and with all of the guarantees you would expect from a quality window.

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