How to Operate an Awning Window
Awning windows are hinged at the top and swing outward for good ventilation while keeping wind and rain out. There is a lock on both sides of the window. Flip the locks up to disengage them from the sash and then lift the crank on the bottom of the window and rotate it in a clockwise fashion to open the window. The more you rotate it, the more air will flow into your home or business.
To close the window, perform the opposite maneuvers. Turn the crank in a counter-clockwise rotation, then flip the locks down to secure the window in place. When using the crank you don’t need to secure it until it is as tight as possible. This will cause unnecessary pressure on the crank. Stop turning the crank when the window is gently closed. Your locks on the sash will ensure a secure and durable fastening and completely watertight fit.
Awning Window Benefits
Awning windows are a good option for most homes or offices. They are often used in kitchens and bathrooms but can be used in any room you want to experience the following benefits:
- Good Ventilation: The unique design of awning windows provides optimal airflow. They are particularly well suited to very windy areas since the “awning” will block the wind from blowing in through your home.
- Weatherproof: Awning windows will prevent water from entering your home and can be opened even in inclement weather. Their unique design keeps rain out of your home, so you can enjoy fresh air and maximum ventilation even during a light downpour.
- Versatile: You can choose from horizontal or vertical awning windows, different colours, trim, and other custom options for your sealed glass unit. Whether you want vinyl windows or units with outstanding insulation, they can be custom-designed to suit your needs.
- Aesthetically Pleasing: Awning windows are a stylish addition to both traditional and contemporary homes. They offer clean lines and a minimalistic design.
- Privacy: The awning style design provides ventilation while reflecting light off of your windows. For additional privacy choose tinted glass for your awning windows.
- Ease of Use: Awning-style windows are easy to open and shut. The opening mechanism is controlled by a simple hand crank.
- Unobstructed Views and Natural Light: Unless added for aesthetic reasons, awning windows do not have any meeting sashes or rails. This means that they offer unobstructed views of the outdoors and plenty of natural light.
- Egress Windows: Some sizes of awning windows can be used to meet egress code requirements. Learn more about your city’s egress requirements here.
- Energy-Efficient Windows: There is a wide range of energy-efficient models to choose from. They provide a tight seal on their own but energy-efficiency can be increased by adding dual pane or low-e glass.
Awning windows are often confused with casement or hopper windows. The difference between awning and hopper window styles are the direction that the window swings. Awning windows open outwards, whereas hopper-style windows open inwards.
Hopper-style windows enjoy many of the same benefits. However, awning windows tend to be preferred, since they protect against the elements and do not require a clearance area inside your home like hopper windows do.
Casement windows use a crank and locking system similar to awning windows but they are hung on the side and swing outwards like a door. Casement windows can let more air in than an awning window but don’t provide the same level of weather resistance.
Another popular place for awning windows is kitchens. Maybe people choose to place them above their sinks or other easy to reach areas. Their ease of use and weather-resistant design means they can be easily opened after cooking or to air out the humidity in your space.
Awning windows also work on top of each other or with other window styles, especially statement pieces like bay, bow or picture windows. They can be configured to offer ventilation alongside windows that offer an unobstructed view.
If you are wondering if awning windows are right for your home then get in touch with Bavarian Window Works. Our consultants will help you find the right fit, then meet you on-site to install them.
If you choose Bavarian to install windows at your home, our skilled technicians and installers will see your project through the whole process from start to finish. We work with skilled crews who are supervised by a reputable veteran that’s been in business for over 38 years.
We know that providing service with a team we’ve handpicked and worked with for years ensures that the finished project always meets our high standard of excellence. On the day of installation, our team will remove their shoes and use moving blankets, where needed, to treat your home as if it were their own — we respect that your home is not a job site.
At Bavarian, we are known for our superior craftsmanship, great service and best-in-class warranties. We offer a 10-year, no-nonsense warranty which begins the day your windows are installed. Our warranty is in addition to the manufacturer warranty that comes with the product.
Colour and Stain
Find the perfect colour or stain to match the existing look of your home. Our awning windows are available in a wide range of design options. Lighter colours will retain their colours longer in the sun, whereas dark colours give off a modern look.
Casing and Trim Options
Select from a variety of styles for exterior casing frame moldings or interior trim options to complement your awning windows, including standard brickmould casing, uPVC frame walls, flat casing, and more. We can provide wood jamb extensions when installing your new windows as well.
Keep your home at the right temperature and block harmful UV rays. Choose from double glazed glass, laminated glass, glazed privacy glass, and other options for improved energy efficiency.
Our awning windows are available in a range of materials to suit your home, including wood, wood-clad, fibreglass, aluminium, vinyl, and more. Choose low maintenance materials like vinyl windows in mind if you like to set and forget it.
Choose from a variety of awning window grid styles to improve the beauty of your home. We can offer you grid styles in a variety of thickness depending on your needs.
Awning windows come in all standard sizes. Standard heights are typically 1’8″ to 7’8″ with widths running from 2″ to 3’10”. If you don’t see the size you are looking for, contact the team at Bavarian Windows to inquire about custom dimensions.
Awning windows naturally have a multi-point locking system with compression seals, since the window is hinged at the top there is a lock on either side of the window. Get the right hardware for your new windows.
At Bavarian, we offer a wide selection of awning window hardware to customize your freshly ordered windows. Choose from stainless steel hinges, screens, locks, and secure and durable fastenings, hardware mounting systems and more to improve the functionality of your investment.
Choose from energy-efficient windows for your house. We keep up with the advanced technology to offer you the best-in-class windows to lower your energy bills and improve your home comfort.
Choose from windows with internal air chambers that can offer you sound abatement qualities. These windows do an amazing job of blocking vibrations and sound emissions to create a sound barrier in your home.
Our standard has always been to use only finger joint pine during the installation process. We don’t use MDF, (medium-density fibreboard), which is lower quality and is often manufactured with formaldehyde. In addition, we use only WURTH insulation and glass cleaner, because of their high-quality European product standards. Finally, we will caulk all the inside trim after installation so that it’s ready for paint.
After your project is complete, we will conduct a thorough clean up of our work area. This includes using glass cleaner on all your windows and vacuuming and dusting to remove any remaining sawdust. Our commitment is that we leave your home the way it was when we arrived — or better. At the end of every project, our experienced technician will follow a Final Inspection Checklist and inspect all of your windows to ensure that everything is perfect and level.
We’ll also take the necessary time to show you how to operate your windows to ensure that everything opens and closes smoothly and that you feel comfortable using your new windows.
If you have any questions about the process, or if you’d like to request a quote, you can contact Bavarian Window Works here and a member of our team will be happy to help.
Stress-Free Window Installation
At Bavarian Windows, we understand that home renovations can be stressful. That is why we ensure that your home is given the utmost care during your window installation. We appreciate that we are in your home — not a work site. Our team takes pride in our clean and efficient installation process, leaving your home as neat as it was before we arrived.
Windows Built to Last
Our quality selection of windows are built to withstand even the most severe weather conditions. Using only the best installation techniques, our technicians deliver outstanding service with quality products, ensuring that your awning windows will stand the test of time.
Energy Efficient Windows
We carry a range of energy efficient awning windows that can help to reduce heating and cooling costs in your home. These products also provide a superior seal between window sash and frame to prevent wind and rain infiltration.