A window replacement project is an opportunity to improve the aesthetics of your home and increase your home’s energy efficiency. If the windows at your home are outdated, and you are planning out your window replacementproject, you have the opportunity to change the style of windows currently in your home to increase your home’s aesthetics and functionality. 

If you are considering casement or awning windows for your home, you are not alone as they are amongst the most common window types you can consider for your home. To help you decide between these two window styles, we will outline their differences below.  

1. Orientation

Although casement and awning windows are both rectangular in shape, they differ in their orientation. Casement windows are oriented vertically, while awning windows are horizontally oriented. Casement windows open to either the right or left while awning windows open upwards.  This difference is significant when looking for suitable windows for your home.

2. Hinge Placement

The hinges connect the window panes to their frames. For these two window types, their hinge placement is a major difference between them. Casement windows are hinged at either the right or left side of the window frame, while awning windows are hinged on the top of the window frame. 

3. Size or Positioning

Casement windows’ heights are usually longer than the widths, while awning windows usually have a longer width than height. Consider the size of your window opening when choosing between casement and awning windows to install in your home. 

4. Rain Protection

Awning windows offer more protection against the rain than casement windows when open. You can leave awning windows open when it is raining without the worry of water entering your home and possibly causing damage. Casement windows on the other hand can allow rain water to enter your home.

5. Cleaning

When comparing the two window styles, cleaning casement windows is easier than awning windows. You can clean a casement window from inside by releasing the guide and  opening the window pane fully. This gives you access to both sides of the glass. Unfortunately, the same is not true for awning windows. So, you will need to clean these windows from the outside and if they are located on the second floor, you will need to climb a ladder to fully clean your awning windows. Consider this fact when choosing what areas of your home you would like to install awning windows.

If you are considering choosing either casement windows or awning windows for your window replacement project, take note of the difference between the two types of windows outlined above. There is no right or wrong answer, your choice will be based on your design style and needs. Either way make sure you partner with an experienced windows and doors contractor for the window replacement project to ensure the best possible finished product.