I have 24 single-hung windows that need to be replaced. Basically, they're each a huge picture window, with a 18" vertical slider at the bottom for ventilation.
Here's why I don't like this design:
-1- a lot of my view is taken up by the screen at the bottom
-2- When I open the windows, the sashes across the entire front of my house are at different heights - lousy fung shuei
-3- I live in Washington. When that unexpected drizzle hits, my casements get wet if a window is open
-4- I just hate the gunk that gets caught in the entire groove around the inside of the frame
-5- I have to replace about 12 balancers a year.
-6- they're a bear to open and close (I'll hop on them with my whole weight)
Here's why I want to replace them with a picture window/awning at the bottom combo:
-1- no icky grooves on the inside of the picture part of the window
-2- screens that retract into the awning frame when not in use (LBL)
-3- easy to open/close
-4- some protection from rain if accidentally left open
-5- even sight lines even if they're open
I might be missing a big con of the awning windows, somply because I'm so excited about getting rid of those nasty nasty sliders. Can anyone provide me with any insight on any other considerations I should have on single-hing vs awnings?