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The Best Window Styles for Rainy Climates

Updated: Jan 9, 2023

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we know the struggle of stuffy air and the total inability to open windows or doors in fear of ruining our interiors. So what’s the best window to have in your home in a rainy climate? Awning Windows.

The best windows for a rainy climate are hands down an awning window. Why? These windows have unique opening features that allow for ventilation while protecting your interiors.

So, what makes these windows so unique?

Awning windows are hinged at the top and open outward from the bottom, allowing for ventilation / air flow without letting in the elements.

Photo curtesy of Go On Construction.

This style uniquely offers the ability to have the windows open all year long, even in the torrential downpours we are all too familiar with, without sacrificing whatever is immediately inside of the window. The angles and directions of how these windows open creates a pathway for rain or snow to drip down and away from the opening, allowing for a full breeze of fresh air without any damage.

Here’s why you’ll love awning windows in the Pacific Northwest:


Awning windows are extremely common in newer homes, especially in kitchens, bathrooms and basements. Although awning windows aren’t the most exciting design style we can offer, they are used in nearly everyone of our projects for a reason!

The awning style is easy to open, can be motorized for home automations plus can be paired with almost anything to form a window system (a series of window panes that are connected), creating your exact design vision with openings you didn’t know you could have!

Differing from other general suppliers of awning style windows. Kolbe windows can be custom designed to be almost any length or width for an elevated take on the style. This includes adding awning windows to window systems or creating them in custom shapes / sizes!!

Here are some examples of what we’re talking about:

Want to learn more about incorporating awning windows in your next design project? Connect with the Kolbe Gallery PNW team today!

Servicing Washington, British Columbia and Alberta.

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