Fixed or Operable Windows: Which Should You Choose?

For many homeowners, taking charge means thinking about new windows and making the best decision for the house. If your windows are old, inefficient, or nearing the end of their useful life, you’re probably in the market for replacements. If you want to install new windows this year, make a reservation with Eco Choice Windows. Our skilled consultants, suppliers, and installers ensure that you receive the exact product you desire in a fast, professional, and stress-free manner. We can also assist you if you are looking for windows and doors in Toronto and the GTA to add to a recently completed home.

When it comes to window replacements, the first thing to think about is whether you want “operable” or “fixed” windows. It is easy to tell the difference between these two style options. Fixed windows cannot open, but operable windows feature operable sashes that can open and close. Each has its own set of advantages, and the decision you choose will ultimately be based on your requirements.

This article will serve as a reference for homeowners who are unclear whether to choose operable or fixed windows to make an informed decision. We’ll go over the brief descriptions of the fixed and operable window styles offered by Eco Choice Windows.

Types of Operable Windows

You have various options to pick from if you decide to go with operable windows for your next makeover. The distinctions between inoperable windows mostly relate to how the sash opens and shuts, and we’ll take a look at the various varieties in this section. Here are some of the operable windows that Eco Choice Windows has to offer.

Awning Windows

A hinge at the top of the awning window allows the sash to extend outwardly and from the bottom. Awning windows, like casement windows, are referred to as “crank windows” because they are operated by cranking a handle. Eco Choice Windows offers awning windows with a multi-point locking system for increased security, as well as multiple weatherstrips for improved performance.

Awning windows may be the best option if you live in an area that gets a lot of summer rain. You can open your windows while it’s raining without fear of water getting inside because the opened sash acts as an awning. Awning windows provide refreshment with reassuring protection on those muggy, wet summer days.

Casement Windows

Casement windows, unlike awning windows, have a hinge on the side and open outwards in a sideways motion. They are fully open, making them ideal for areas of the house that require fresh air. Casement windows are a classic style that fits well in most rooms of the house, though you must ensure that there is enough exterior space for them to open before installing them.

Casement windows combine energy efficiency with a contemporary aesthetic. Their tight seal protects against the elements, including draughts and moisture from the outdoors. Casement windows, by their hinged construction, also allow for airflow. On a hot day, a properly angled casement window can be used to “scoop” fresh air, essentially catching a cool breeze and directing it inwards.

Sliding Windows

Sliding windows are an energy-efficient alternative to your home’s standard casement and awning windows. Slider windows are ideal for large window openings due to the horizontal movement of the sashes. They’re relatively low-maintenance and provide beautiful views and fresh air. As slider windows are not protrusive, they are a good choice if space is a concern on the inside or the outside.

Types Of Fixed Windows

Your home’s fixed windows let the light in while keeping the weather out. If you are thinking about adding fixed windows, make sure you put efficiency first. We recognize the need for energy-efficient windows and provide a range of ENERGY STAR® certified replacements windows engineered to deliver performance.

Read more about our fixed (and partially fixed) window options in this section, then give us a call when you are ready to get started. We provide the best and quality windows and doors in Toronto along with the services of our experts.

Picture Windows

Picture windows are more of a statement of intent than a defined style. They are windows that have been custom-made to meet your tastes and architectural requirements. We can gladly satisfy your request for custom-made picture windows be it the exterior or interior finish of the window. Our windows are made of LoĒ-180 glass providing year-round comfort irrespective of weather conditions. You can further enhance the look of the window with various styles of grill designs offered by Eco Choice.

Bay And Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows are rarely, if ever, completely fixed. A huge picture window is usually in the center of a bay window, with casement windows on either side at a 30° or 45° angle. Bow windows have more windows (four or more), some of which may be moveable, and have a more curved form. Bay and bow windows, like other windows, can be customized in a variety of ways; whether or not you choose to incorporate moveable windows is totally up to you. 

What To Choose: Fixed or Operable Windows?

The architectural possibilities for both fixed and operable windows are rather stunning. Because fixed windows do not need to open and have one glass pane, they can be quite small if necessary. Larger fixed windows, such as a large picture window or something similar, are likewise an option.

Operable windows can be rather huge in height and stature, but they can also be quite modestly sized. It is also usual to combine operable and fixed windows. You could, for example, choose a traditional casement window with an arched fixed window above it.

Pros Of Fixed Windows

  • Fixed windows are more cost-efficient
  • Fixed windows provide an unbroken view
  • Fixed windows have the potential to be more energy-efficient
  • Fixed windows come in a wide range of designs and sizes

Cons Of Fixed Windows

  • Owing to the size of the glass, fixed windows are heavier and potentially more fragile than moveable windows.
  • Installing the windows may be more complicated.
  • The windows will not open or enable air to circulate through the room.

Pros Of Operable Windows

  • As the windows can be opened and cleaned from the inside, they are simple to clean.
  • Air can move in and out of a structure through operable windows giving you a more refreshing atmosphere
  • The windows are significantly easier to install and take much less time.

Cons Of Operable Windows

  • A center divider is required, which may cause the flow of an outward iron frame design to be disrupted
  • Due to additional components, the height of operable windows may be slightly higher
  • It can be a costlier option for homeowners compared to fixed windows

Why Contact Eco Choice Windows

The windows you choose for your home can make a huge difference in its appearance and functionality. We would be pleased to provide additional information about fixed and operable windows to help you understand the right requirements for your home. Eco Choice Windows can assist you in designing custom windows and doors in Toronto that will add character to your home or company. Contact us today at 1-855-273-3261 and we’ll be happy to be of assistance and help you with easy financing options to take your home project further.