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Awning Windows - Pros & Cons

Awning Windows - Are they right for you?
Awning windows are the perfect choice for horizontal and vertical orientations. They are conventional and stylish, and there are lots of aesthetic and energy-saving options available, but are they the right window for you?

Awning windows open out from the bottom. They are attractive, secure and provide better energy-efficiency than hung and slider windows that are configured with the same standard glass and gas fills. They are a great choice for bathrooms and kitchens, but with their size flexibility, can be used in any room requiring horizontal or vertical orientation.

In our home, we have combinations of awning, casement, double-hung, and picture windows. We planned and chose very specific types of windows for very specific reasons. See our list of pros and cons below.



  • Awning windows open and close easily with the simple turn of a standard or nested fold-down crank handle.
  • Some window manufacturers provide a sliding-handle mechanism to open and close the window.
  • Depending on the manufacturer, operating guides may be on the sash sides, or in the middle bottom of the sash.

Security & privacy

  • Slider windows typically incorporate a dual-locking mechanism that is controlled by two latches on both sides of the window frame where it meets the sash.
  • Low vertical height requirements allow windows to be placed high on walls providing greater privacy and making it more difficult for forced entry.


  • On premium window products, the hardware will be warranted to last and operate smoothly for a lifetime.

Wear & tear

  • Because hardware is protected by the roof-like nature of the window, it is less exposed to the external environment and less prone to corrosion.


  • Awning windows provide better ventilation than sliding and hung windows.
  • Excellent window solution when the opening space is wider than it is tall.
  • Ideal for high-wind locations, less prone to the wind which usually blows from the sides, rather than the top.
  • Can be placed high on walls to let rising heat out in the summertime.
  • Can be grouped together with other types of windows to improve airflow.
  • Excellent solution when placed below uniquely shaped non-operational picture windows.
  • They can also be stacked over one another.


  • The screen is on the inside of the home and is easily removed from inside the home.
  • Stays relatively clean, and safe from the external environment, but must be removed for window cleaning.


  • Because of the roof-like properties, when open, awning windows prevent water from entering the home better than casement, slider and hung windows.

Energy efficiency

  • Multi-point locks on either side of the window create a nice tight seal and provide added security.

Rain protection

  • Awning windows provide excellent protection against rain while allowing ventilation, as the sash acts as a shield, preventing water from entering even during light rain.

Daylight and views:

  • Due to their placement high on walls, awning windows maximize natural light and offer unobstructed views, making them a great choice for rooms where ample daylight and scenery are desired.

Architectural appeal

  • Awning windows contribute to the architectural appeal of a home, offering a modern and sleek design that can complement various architectural styles.



  • It is not easy to clean the outside of the window pane from inside your home.
  • You’ll probably need a ladder to clean your second-story windows.

Wear & tear

  • Poorer quality products are subject to the wear and tear of the crank gears and hinges which can lead to misalignment and poor window operation.
  • A heavy sash creates more pressure on the frame and may cause it to warp or break over time.


  • The maximum window size for awnings is smaller than other styles, especially if you are looking at heavy triple-pane units.


  • When open, an awning window sash can protrude into exterior high-traffic areas (decks, stairways, yards) outside the home creating a potential for injury.
  • A BBQ should not be placed near or under an awning window.

Limited opening size

  • The opening size of awning windows is limited compared to other styles, which might impact the amount of airflow and natural light that can enter the room.

Obstructed view when open

  • When awning windows are open, the inward protrusion of the sash may partially obstruct the view, especially if they are located at eye level

Style Limitations

  • While versatile, awning windows may not suit every architectural style or aesthetic preference, limiting their compatibility in certain design scenarios.

Complex Installation:

  • Installation of awning windows can be more complex than other window types, especially if retrofits are needed, which could result in higher installation costs.

Air conditioners

  • They do not accommodate single-room window air conditioners.

Awning windows are a great option for your home, but there are lots of things to think about. When talking to your window consultant, be sure to explain what you are trying to achieve - they’ll provide excellent advice to help you choose a window style and brand that’s just right for you.

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