Now that spring has finally arrived, you may be itching to spend more time in the fresh air. As the temperature becomes consistently milder and more pleasant, you are probably ready to open up your house and clear out the stale build up of the winter months.
If you have a sun room, you are counting down the days until you can start spending more of your leisure time there. It’s not quite warm enough yet, but close. One way to expand the amount of time you get to spend in your sun room or enclosed porch is to replace the jalousie windows with awning windows.
Jalousie windows are commonly found in homes in warmer climates because they do such a wonderful job of allowing air to flow and circulate through a room. If you’re not sure what a jalousie window is, it’s made up of a series of slats that look a lot like blinds. These slats, which are made of wood, vinyl, glass or even aluminum, can be opened and closed depending on how much sun or air is desired. These are prevalently used in sun rooms, “Florida” rooms, enclosed porches and verandas, but they’re also found in bathrooms and other living spaces too. Jalousie windows are also called louvre windows.
Unfortunately, jalousie windows may be the reason why you don’t spend as much time enjoying your sun room as you could be.
Jalousie windows tend to…
- Be difficult to clean.
The slats on jalousie windows are usually narrow and there are many of them which means that cleaning is time-consuming and can be a real headache! For a thorough cleaning, you may even have to take the slats out and then figure out how to put them back into place.
- Suffer from mechanical malfunction.
Because they are often exposed to rain, rust and oxidation can form in the crank and tracks making jalousie windows a hassle to open and close (if they operate at all).
- Let in rain.
Have you ever been out running errands and panicked to remember that you left the windows open in the house? If a sudden rain comes up, everything in your sun room will be wet, or at least damp. Open jalousie windows let rain drip and drop directly into the room.
- Allow drafts.
Those many slats may be lovely in the late spring and summer months of the year, but they make your sun room uncomfortable to use the rest of the time. There’s virtually no energy efficiency with this sort of window. Even when closed, the warm air from your home escapes while the cold air from outside rushes in.
- Make your home vulnerable.
Jalousie windows aren’t really meant to be secure. An intruder can relatively easily pry off or break enough slats to gain entrance to your sun room and, from there, get into the main part of your home. This means you can’t store anything you value in this living space and it also means your entire home and family aren’t as safe as they could be.
Isn’t it time to replace your jalousie windows?
For an updated look that comes with so many benefits, consider having a professional remove your jalousie windows and install awning windows instead. You deserve to get more from your sun room– or any other room– and without all of the hassle and risk that comes with jalousie windows.
Awning windows provide easy access to fresh air without all of those slats and other drawbacks of jalousie windows, plus you’ll now have a clear and unobstructed view of your backyard. They hinge at the top and are crank operated. Imagine an insulated piece of glass that won’t let in the rain, but will circulate air as you relax. Click here for even more information about awning windows.
To add to your comfort, awning windows are secure as well. The angle of the window makes them safer when open and, when closed, the tight seal and dependable locking systems deter intruders.
Energy efficient awning windows
Stay comfortable inside your sun room when the outside air is too hot. Awning windows consist of a double layer of glass with an insulating pocket of gas in between. When they are closed, the seal is tight. This helps ensure that your fans or air conditioner can cool the room when you choose.
Awning windows let you extend the time you can fully enjoy and use your sun room or porch room. The Low-E4 coating on the glass acts as a shield and insulator which makes them energy efficient. This means that you can be out there relaxing with a book, bird watching or even hosting guests from early in the spring through the summer and into the late fall too.
Because they’re made from patented FIBREX, the frame and sash won’t rot. The crank mechanism is designed to stand up to natural moisture and to keep functioning perfectly– even over time. Click here to find out how Mr. Rogers stands behind his windows with a Lifetime Performance Guarantee.