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San Diego Awning Windows

Awning Windows Add Visual Variety and Ventilation

With a top hinge and an outward swing, awning windows operate with a simple twist of a crank to increase air flow. They are often smaller with a horizontal shape, which makes them a flexible fit above or below other larger windows. By placing awning windows high on the wall, you can get more ventilation and natural light without having to worry about privacy or window treatments.

Commonly known as: crank out window, retractable window, top hung window, top hinged window

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Popular Local Trends & Styles

  • Mid-Century modern style homes Mid-Century Modern Design

    In the late 1940s and 50s, the California housing boom created thousands of mid-century modern style homes in the suburbs of San Diego and other big cities. The popularity of the style — especially in the interior of the home — has held for decades and is still the biggest design trend for homeowners in Southern California.

    Like other modern styles, mid-century modern emphasizes clean, sleek design, and walls of glass. Awning windows are a great complement to other window styles to create large expanses of glass while maintaining flexible ventilation — fitting the aesthetic of not only mid-century modern homes, but modern and Prairie style as well.

  • Craftsman-style awning windows Craftsman Style Craftsman style can be spotted in the posh homes in Mission Hills and the quiet, charming streets of South Park and Golden Hill. Craftsman bungalows are distinguished by their front porches with squared, tapered columns and window combinations. Windows are often seen in groups of two or three, using a double-hung window combined with an awning window, casement window, or both.
  • Vertical Awning Windows Vertical Awning Windows

    Awning windows aren’t only combined with other, larger windows. You can also stack them in similar or different sizes to create the look of a tall, vertical window. This can add a modern touch to Victorian homes that emphasize tall, narrow windows, like the houses you find in Historic Escondido.

    Awning windows are typically wider than they are tall. But when combined in twos and threes, you get the look of a divided vertical window with the added functionality of multiple awning windows.

  • Vinyl Awning Windows Vinyl Awning Windows

    Homeowners looking for an affordable, low-maintenance window that holds up to West Coast weather are looking to vinyl. Vinyl awning windows are strong, durable, and fade-resistant. They can maintain their look and performance through abundant sunshine, dry winds, and corrosive, salty air on the coast.

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Recommended Customizations1

Modern and mid-century modern interiors are trending in the San Diego area. Homeowners are choosing to match their mid-century homes or update their older, traditional style houses with modern elements. To keep things interesting, many people are mixing metals in their window hardware to add visual appeal to sleek modern styles.


  • Classic Collection
  • Modern Collection
  • Essential Collection
  • Rustic Collection

Grilles and Screens

  • InView™ Screen
  • Traditional Grille Pattern
  • Prairie Grille Pattern
  • 12-Lite Prairie Grille Pattern
  • 14-Lite Prairie Grille Pattern
  • Victorian Grille Pattern

1Not all customizations are available in all Pella product lines.

San Diego Climate Recommendations

San Diego’s year-round beautiful weather is classified as a Mediterranean climate, which is common in coastal cities. Summers are dry, warm, and sunny. Energy efficient glass is recommended to help protect against these conditions. Winters are wetter and cooler, but precipitation and temperature don’t vary as much as in other locations. Materials and finishes that can hold up to the salty air and dry Santa Ana winds can help preserve the appearance and performance of your awning windows.

Weather Protection

Weather Protection

Cut your energy costs with more panes of glass. Invest in energy-efficient double or triple pane windows that fill with insulating gas for added thermal efficiency.

Low-E Protection

Low-E Protection

When nearly every day is warm and sunny, Low-E insulating glass can help keep your home more comfortable and your energy costs down. SunDefense™ Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon can block 94 percent of the sun’s heat and ultraviolet rays. 

Durable Materials

Durable Materials

In coastal climates close to water, windows are vulnerable to corrosion from the salt in the air. The closer your home is to the water, the more susceptible you are to the effects. Vinyl, fiberglass, and wood with aluminum cladding can resist wear from the sun and the ocean air. 

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Customized with You in Mind

Pella windows and doors are made specifically for your home because one size doesn't fit all. With access to many materials, colors and options, including exclusive snap-in options for shades, blinds and grilles, along with smart home products and a proprietary finishing process that helps provide a quality finish.

Built to Last

Pella products are backed by some of the strongest window, door and installation warranties in the business. When installed by a Pella branch, your project is backed by our Pella Care Guarantee, our package of product warranties, installation warranty and service agreement that covers your products and their installation — including labor — for up to 10 years. See the written limited warranty for details, including exceptions and limitations, or contact Pella Customer Service at 877-473-5527.

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An in-home consultation can help you explore all options and get a professional opinion on what will work best for you. During the consultation, local window professionals can come to your home to assess your window replacement needs and understand your priorities and budget.

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A Pella Windows & Doors of San Diego expert can help you pick out a window that fits your home — and your style. Find your local Pella representative to schedule a free in-home consultation, measurement, and estimate.

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Awning Window Projects in San Diego

Look to your fellow San Diego residents to see how they’re using awning windows in interesting combinations and architectural styles.

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