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?

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

Window Style Considerations:

Placement: 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.

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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.

Ventilation: 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.

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Cleaning: 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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Twin Cities Window Replacement Reviews:

"Arranged to have our installation completed while we were out of town. Our neighbors said the install crew was fast, neat and cleaned up after install."

Mike N.
Richfield, MN
November 20, 2020

"We are part of an HOA. We had Lindus out to replace the windows in our townhome. They did a great job in the pre-sales, helps us select window design, and delivered the windows as ordered. I was very impressed with the installers. they were very professional, friendly, and showed a great deal of care for both our home and for keeping us safe during this time of COVID. Installation was top notch, the interior and exterior match wonderfully. great craftsmanship.  After having the windows for a number of months now, We really appreciate the quality and the noticeable change in heating and cooling."

Dennis A.
Hugo, MN
November 20, 2020

"We had Lindus Construction replaced all of the windows on our house with SeasonGuard windows. Not only did they cut down on our heating and air conditioning bills, but we didn't hear much of the thunder and rain storms this summer. Also, the installers are wonderful to work with. I would recommend Lindus to anyone!"

Karalee H.
Robbinsdale, MN
September 11, 2020

"If you’re going to remodel, windows or anything they do, hire them for a professional experience."

David C.
Minneapolis, MN
April 17, 2020

"We had four SeasonGuard windows installed to replace 4 original windows in our home.  The quality of the product and the quick, and exceptional installation was great. They matched the original trim beautifully.  Even though we experienced a one week delay due to exceptionally cold weather on the first scheduled date, the follow-up was well done.  From start to finish, a great company to work with. We love our new windows.  Quiet, draft-free and well done."

David K.
Wyoming, MN
March 13, 2020

"My crew was extremely efficient and considerate (Wayne, Mike, Chris). The install went well and the windows are outstanding. I selected Lindus based on my satisfaction with prior work, and will be happy to have them in the future."

Bert L.
Shoreview, MN
March 4, 2020
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