Awning windows are a breath of fresh air, offering both style and functionality to homeowners in Chicago and beyond. These unique windows are hinged at the top and swing out from the bottom, providing numerous benefits that make them a popular choice. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the world of awning windows, with a focus on their relevance in the Windy City. We'll also delve into their operation and answer some frequently asked questions to help you make an informed decision for your Chicago home.
Awning Windows Customization Options
Our paint has been specially designed for vinyl windows and engineered for maximum durability and heat reflection:
- Non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-flammable, environmentally friendly, lead- and chromium-free;
- Has excellent cohesion to the vinyl. It is elastic and moves with the vinyl as it expands and contracts. Also, the paint has exceptional abrasion and impact resistance.
- Ensures both long-term color retention and low heat absorption.
The laminate films endure a series of rigorous tests performed within the Grafco laboratory. These tests include heat reflectivity, Delta E (fade factor), distortion and adhesion, allowing us to offer a lifetime warranty.
Some of the Custom Color Options
Insulated Glass Units
Double- and Tripple-pane Glass Units
Our window and door products feature insulated glass units (IGU) with dual or triple pane combinations.
Thickness ranges from 0.708" to 1.417" (18-36 mm) depending on the product. Glass panes are available in various thicknesses and types.
Coated glass, tints, and patterns are available for double and triple pane units. NEAT® coating on the exterior surface allows for easy cleaning.
The energy-efficient spacer systems used are stainless steel INTERCEPT UltraSpacer®, Endur, and organic SuperSpacer®. The spaces between the glass can be filled with dry air, argon, or a mix of argon/krypton gases.
All glass units meet industry standards and undergo frequent electronic quality checks. IGUs have a 20-year warranty for seal failures, the highest standard in the industry.
LoĒ-270 Coated Glass
LoĒ coated glass delivers year-round comfort in any weather. In summer, it rejects the sun’s heat and damaging UV rays. In winter, it reflects heat back into the room.
LoĒ-366 Coated Glass
LoĒ-366 is a clear coating that blocks even more solar gain, reflects heat, and lets the light stream in. It even outperforms the tinted glass often used in warm climates.
Annealed glass, commonly known as the standard glass, undergoes a thermal treatment process followed by slow cooling to eliminate internal stresses. It is commonly utilized in applications where safety considerations are not a primary concern.
Fully tempered glass
Fully tempered glass is significantly stronger than annealed glass, with a strength four times greater. In the event of breakage, it shatters into small, safe pieces, minimizing the risk of injury.
Heat Treated Glass
Heat-strengthened glass undergoes a slower cooling process compared to tempered glass, resulting in a lower compression strength. However, it still provides approximately twice the strength of annealed glass.
Laminated glass can withstand strong impacts. It is a superior solution to safety glazing.
Laminated glass does more: it is the type of safety glazing that also remains intact within the window frame.
Unlike regular exterior window surfaces, Neat glass requires minimal maintenance. With Neat technology, the glass stays cleaner for longer periods. And when the time comes to clean, you'll find it quick and effortless.
Decorative grids or blinds can be added and are sealed within the glass units.
Understanding Awning Windows
Awning windows are characterized by their top-hinged design, which allows them to open outward, resembling the way an awning unfolds. This unique mechanism provides several advantages, making them an attractive option for many homeowners.
Awning Windows in Chicago
Awning windows are a smart choice for Chicago homeowners for several reasons:
- Weather Resistance: Chicago's unpredictable weather demands windows that can keep the elements at bay. Awning windows, when closed, create a weather-tight seal, preventing drafts and leaks.
- Ventilation Control: Awning windows are perfect for capturing cool Lake Michigan breezes while keeping rain out. Their top-hinged design allows for ventilation even during light showers.
- Versatile Placement: Awning windows are often used in combination with other window styles, adding aesthetic appeal and functionality to any room in your Chicago home.
Operation of Awning Windows
Opening and closing awning windows is simple and efficient:
- Turning the Crank: Locate the crank handle typically positioned at the bottom of the window. To open the window, turn the crank in a clockwise direction. For closing, turn it counterclockwise.
- Secure with the Lock: After opening to your desired position, secure the window by engaging the lock. This step ensures that the window remains in place, even during windy conditions.
- Cleaning Convenience: The inward-swinging operation of awning windows makes them easy to clean, as both interior and exterior surfaces are accessible from inside your home.
Awning windows are a smart and stylish choice for Chicago homeowners, offering exceptional weather resistance, ventilation control, and versatility. When considering awning windows, consult with a reputable window professional to explore the customization possibilities for your Chicago home. With the right awning windows, you can enjoy enhanced comfort and aesthetic appeal while facing the ever-changing Chicago climate with confidence.