Awning windows have been around for decades, and in fact were the window style of choice for many commercial and government buildings – as well as residential structures – before the invention of air conditioning. An awning window has a hinge on top and opens outward, allowing air to flow up and into the building while keeping out any rain that might fall. Back before AC became commonplace, this was important, because no one wanted to be subjected to stifling indoor heat during the summer just because of a little rain. Of course, things have changed over the years.
These days, awning windows still allow for comfortable airflow (rain or shine) if that’s what you want. But the functional aspects of an awning window are now secondary to the aesthetic qualities, especially when it comes to putting together a dramatic and beautiful window package that combines a number of different styles.
For example, awning windows are often installed beneath larger, vertically aligned casement windows. The combination of an outward opening casement window and an awning window provides tremendous airflow and is incredibly attractive, especially when you choose from the many interior woodgrain finishes and exterior and interior colors available from SoftLite.
In addition, SoftLite awning windows are available with any of our energy-efficient glass packages, with various options for Low-E coating, precision-engineered MagnaSeal™ Spacer (a thin wall spacer designed with bent corners to create an impermeable metal barrier that resists condensation and increases durability), dual- or triple-glazing, and other features that consistently allow SoftLite to exceed industry standards for energy efficiency. Or, if an outward-opening awning window is not quite what you’re looking for, ask about our inward-opening hopper windows, which are ideal for small spaces such as basements or bathrooms.
SoftLite belongs to the National Fenestration Rating Council and is an ENERGY STAR® partner. Our vinyl windows are recognized as ENERGY STAR® “Most Efficient Products,” are Gold Label Certified by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty that is transferable if the house changes owners.
To learn more about the design possibilities of SoftLite awning windows, contact a dealer near you today.
As the weather grows colder, foggy windows can become a problem in some homes. This simple phenomenon happens when an object is cooler than the air around it, causing a thin layer of water molecules to form on the surface. The windows in our homes are among the most common spots where this condensation occurs because windowpanes receive direct contact with the cold air outside and are usually the coldest surfaces in the interior of a house. While this may sound harmless, the condensation that forms causes water droplets to run down windows and walls, which can result in mold and mildew.