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Awning Windows

Awning Windows

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.

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Awning Windows Customization Options

Exterior/Interior Finishes

Solid finishes

Solid white finish
Solid almond finish

Painted finishes

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.
Painted bronze finish
Painted black finish

Laminated finishes

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.

Laminated light oak finish
Light Oak
Laminated dark oak finish
Dark Oak

Some of the Custom Color Options

Painted royal bronze finish
Royal Bronze
Painted cocoa finish
Painted bonneville green finish
Bonneville Green

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.

Solid white finish
Double glass unit
Solid almond finish
Tripple glass unit

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.

Energy-efficient Spacers

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.

Solid white finish
Solid white finish
Endur® Warm Edge
Solid white finish
Super Spacer®

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.

Glass Options


Cardinal LoE coated glass performance

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.

Cardinal LoE-270 coated glass
LoE-270 coated glass
Cardinal LoE-366 coated glass
LoE-366 coated glass


Cardinal Annealed glass
Annealed glass break pattern (not safety certified)
Cardinal Tempered glass
Tempered glass break pattern (meets safety criteria)
Cardinal Laminated glass
Laminated glass break pattern (meets safety criteria)

Annealed glass

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

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.


Neat Glass

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.

Cardinal Neat glass

Grid Options

Decorative grids or blinds can be added and are sealed within the glass units.

Farmhouse grid style
Farmhouse grid style
Colonial grid style
Colonial grid style
Praire grid style
Praire grid style

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Frequent Questions Answered

Are awning windows energy-efficient in the Chicago climate?
Yes, awning windows can be highly energy-efficient, thanks to their tight seal when closed. Look for windows with low-E glass and insulated frames for optimal energy performance.
Can awning windows be used in bedrooms and bathrooms?
Yes, awning windows are an excellent choice for bedrooms and bathrooms. Their top-hinged design allows for privacy while still providing ventilation.
Do awning windows require frequent maintenance?
Awning windows are relatively low-maintenance. Regular cleaning and lubrication of hinges and hardware will keep them in optimal condition.
Can I customize the appearance of awning windows to match my home's style?
Absolutely! Awning windows are available in various materials, colors, and finishes, allowing you to tailor them to your home's unique aesthetics.