Dec 16, 2020

Choosing Between Awning & Sliding Windows

Choosing the ideal window styles for your house demands diligent research and consideration.  Key factors can include budget, style, brand, and energy efficiency.  Two of the more common window styles are awning and sliding windows.  We’re here to break down the differences between these styles in order to assist you in making an informed decision.

What’s the Difference Between an Awning Window and a Sliding Window?

Awning window above a kitchen sink and Sliding Windows on the Side of a Home

An awning window is hinged along the top and opens outward from the bottom.  Sliding windows are operated by maneuvering a sash vertically or horizontally along the track.

Awning & Sliding Window Style Options:


Because they can be installed horizontally, sliding windows are an excellent selection for spaces with shorter walls, such as basements.  Awning windows open outward at a 45° angle and are ideal for small kitchens and bathrooms.

Energy Efficiency:

When compared with each other, awning windows tend to be more energy efficient than sliding windows.  This is because the cranking device found in awning windows provides an airtight seal.  Sliding windows, on the other hand, have a flexible seal on the top and bottom runners.  This makes a passage that will allow some air to seep through.

Weather Resistance:

Awning windows are designed in a way that they can be left open during rain showers without the concern of water entering your home.  Sliding windows prove to be more difficult to weatherproof because they are on tracks.


Awing windows provide exemplary ventilation because they are installed higher up on a wall than many other window styles.  Ventilation from the top of the window to the bottom makes sliding windows a popular selection for homeowners looking to increase air circulation within their home.

Awning windows in a modern bathroom


Simply put, neither style of window is that easy to clean.  The tracks on sliding windows dirty easily, regardless if windows are open or not.  Awning windows can be a  chore to clean because they cannot be cleaned from the inside.

Ease of Operation:

Sliding windows wins this showdown because they glide back and forth.  Awning windows open outward from the bottom up through the utilization of a handle that pushes the bottom of the sash out.

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