Slider Windows vs Awning Windows: Pros and Cons

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Slider windows are quite common, but awning windows have gained in popularity in recent years. Read on to learn more about each type of window and the unique advantages and disadvantages they offer.

Slider Windows

Slider windows are a type of windows that is composed of two shutters with at least one of the shutters that can slide in front of the other one to ventilation through that half of the window. Their movement can be either horizontal or vertical. A number of companies make slider windows in a wide variety of materials, so it’s easy to pick up something that fits both your house and your budget. They also come in standard sizes, so it’s easy to find one that will replace your current window.

Many slider windows have screens built in the window. They’re easy to lock for security, and there is hardly anything that can go wrong or break with them, making maintenance easy.

The downside is that when one of the shutters goes in a slider window, you will often need to replace the entire unit and this can be costly and time-consuming.

Awning Windows

Awning windows are a type of window that is hinged on top and open outward from the bottom to enable ventilation without letting in rain or falling leaves. They can draw more air than slider windows, thus making them a better option for summer and it should be mentioned that the screens on those windows are on the inside where they're better protected from the elements. They do, however, need enough clearance to be able to open all the way in order to be effective.

There’s more that can go wrong with awning windows than with slider windows, but usually, problems can be fixed with replacement parts. Awning windows are easy to fit in place and are usually very resilient so they’ll rarely need to be replaced.