Your new windows should let in the light, not bad weather, and be easy to operate.
- Casement windows provide generous ventilation relative to overall window area, because the entire sash swings open. Exposure of the outward-swinging frame can be a problem if rain arrives suddenly. High winds also can be hard on casement windows.
- Awnings, with their horizontal rather than vertical orientation, offer the advantage of shedding water harmlessly if left open during a rainfall. Though they can be used alone, awnings are often installed above or below large picture windows to provide ventilation at the top or bottom of a wall.
- When maximum views are the objective, a picture window offers the least obstruction. Ventilation requirements are often handled by installing operative windows above, below, or alongside.
- Specialty installations such as a bay window provide more light and ventilation in a given amount of wall area; they create a more spacious feel and room for sill shelves, window seats, and other features; and they add a lot of charm besides.
- Test the operation of windows in the showroom or store; they should open easily, quietly, and completely.
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