Windows are one of the main features of any sunroom. They often stretch from floor to ceiling, allowing that summertime sunshine to show through. But all windows are not created equal. If you are having a sunroom built or replacing the windows in your sunroom, you'll need to spend some time considering your various window options to ensure you make the right choice. Here's a look at the most common styles homeowners use in sunrooms.
Awning windows are mounted on hinges at their top. There are typically two or four hinges per window, depending on their width. To open the window, you turn a little crank that's mounted on the base of the window will. The window cranks outward and upward, similar to an awning.
Awning windows are a great choice for a sunroom because, when it rains, the open window shields the opening so rain does not get in. So unless there's a serious thunderstorm with wind-driven rain, you don't have to stress about leaving your sunroom windows open. You can leave them open all day for ventilation, even if you're not home.
The downside to awning windows is that you have to leave space for them to open outside. If you have a lot of trees or shrubs outside of your sunroom, they may not be the best choice since you won't be able to open them all the way.
Double-hung windows are the most popular style inside homes, and they're popular in sunrooms too. You can open them by sliding the top window down or by sliding the bottom window up. This makes them easier to operate than awning windows if you have limited mobility in your hands. If you have kids or pets who you worry may escape through your sunroom windows, you can just open them at the top and enjoy ventilation without risk of anyone escaping.
Double-hung windows do not latch as tightly into the frame as awning windows, so your energy bills may be a bit higher if you plan on air conditioning or heating your sunroom. Of course, if you don't plan on connecting your sunroom to your central HVAC system, this won't be an issue.
To learn more about these window styles, contact a window replacement company in your area. Let them know exactly how you plan to use your sunroom, and they may be able to give you more personalized advice as to the best window style for your needs.