Window Styles - Advantages and Disadvantages

No one style of window is "the best" for all applications. Each window operation style has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, one style may suit your choice of heritage architecture better, but may be more difficult to open in locations such as over the kitchen sink. In general, the relative "strengths and weaknesses" exist no matter what material (PVC, Aluminum clad wood, or other) the window is made of, and no matter which company manufactures the window. The following tips are provided to help you choose which style of operation is best suited to your needs.

Casement & Awning Sliding Fixed & Picture

Casement And Awning Windows


Casement and awning windows are hinged and swing out to open.

Specific Advantage of Casement Windows

Specific Advantages of Awning Windows


The screen is on the inside of the window. At night, when the window is closed after being open with lights on inside the home, insects get trapped between the glass and the screen. When this happens regularly, the windows end up getting dirtier faster than sliding windows that have exterior screens. This disadvantage of casement and awning windows is most notable in waterfront locations where there tends to be a higher concentration of flying insects at dusk.

Specific Disadvantage of Awning Windows

Specific Disadvantage of Casement Windows