Designed to provide fresh breezes and just enough privacy, awning windows are a mainstay of traditional architectural styles. People love them for their ability to ventilate homes while also shielding from rain.
Awning windows became the window of choice for manufacturing plants and schools that were built between 1920 and 1950. From the 1940s to the 1960s, they were also very prevalent in homes.
As their name suggests, awning windows open outward at a horizontal angle. Styles vary somewhat as to the placement of hinges and latches; many current models open with cranks, though some simply push open. Different manufacturers produce differently designed awning windows—it all depends on your taste and budget.
Generally considered a durable window option, it depends primarily on the quality of the window itself (and the manufacturer making it). In addition, the type of material used is important — vinyl and fiberglass, for instance, are considered very durable options.