Awning Windows vs. Sliding Windows: What’s The Difference?

When it comes to choosing the right replacement windows for your home, there’s no shortage of options. From different frame materials to interior and exterior colors, insulated glazing systems, and a sea of decorative elements like ornate hardware and decorative glass, the possibilities abound. But one option that’s perhaps more important than all of the others is window style. Below, we take a look at two common window styles—awning windows and sliding windows—to see how each one stacks up.

Awning Windows

Awning windows are hinged along the top and open by swinging outward from the bottom, creating the signature awning-like effect from which their name derives. As far as functionality goes, awning windows often use a crank mechanism to open and close, but there are some models that simply push outward. Because the hinged sash can be positioned at different angles, awning windows do offer some versatility when it comes to ventilation. However, perhaps their most distinctive benefit is their downward-sloped angle which allows these windows to be opened during light rainstorms while preventing water from getting inside.

Awning windows are great to install on their own—especially in hard to reach areas where hung-sash windows would be difficult to open and close—but also look great when mulled together into a single unit with a casement or double-hung window.

Sliding Windows

As their name implies, sliding windows open with one or both of the sashes sliding to either the left or right, rather than up and down like a hung-sash window. Some sliding windows feature only one moveable sash while the other is fixed, and other models have multiple sashes that are all operational. The easy-glide track system on sliding windows makes opening and closing them smooth and effortless, and because they feature fewer moving parts than other window styles, sliding windows often last longer and require less maintenance.

As far as aesthetics go, sliding windows offer a more contemporary vibe than many other window styles. With their low-profile frames and wide, unobstructed glass surface area, sliding windows allow in plenty of natural light and offer crisp, clear views of the outdoors. Their horizontal operation also makes them an ideal choice for rooms with lower ceilings.

Contact West Shore Home Today

To learn more about the differences between awning windows and sliding windows, and which might be a better choice for your home, contact West Shore Home today to schedule a free, in-home consultation.