What are Hopper Windows?

What are Hopper Windows?

There are some windows that can go almost anywhere in your home and there are some windows that are better suited for specialty applications. In this post, we're talking about hopper windows, a style that is less known here in the United States. If you've heard of awning windows, hopper windows will look a little familiar. Read on to learn more about hopper windows.

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What are Hopper Windows?

Hopper windows are named for the way they swing open, much like a hopper or chute, these inward-opening windows offer great ventilation. Windows this of this style are right at home in places like basements and above doorways.

Hopper windows have sashes that open to either a 45- or 90-degree angle. They are nearly identical to awning windows; the only real difference is the direction in which they open.

  • Awning windows open outward, away from the house, and they are always hinged at the top.
  • Hopper windows open inward, into your living space, and can be hinged at either the top or the bottom.  

The most common hopper windows are relatively small, and are oriented horizontally. But these windows are actually available in a wide range of sizes and shapes, and have a variety of uses. Hopper windows are most often installed high up on a wall, and in basements, sometimes among a group of glass block windows.

Pros and Cons of Hopper Windows

Hopper windows are actually more versatile that they are often given credit for. With that in mind, it's important to carefully consider the pros and cons before deciding on the replacement window that's right for you. 

Pro: Great Ventilation

Hopper windows provide excellent air flow, which is why they are frequently located high op on the wall where they can be used to maximum effect. It's also common to see a hopper window installed above or below a picture window, as a venting transom over a door, or in a bathroom above a shower.

Pro: Easy to Clean

Because the sash of a hopper window swings inward, it's very convenient to clean. You can quickly and easily clean both sides of the glass without having to go outside. 

Pro: Good for Security

Hopper windows are typically so small that they're impractical for break-ins, which makes them a good choice for security-conscious homeowners. Plus, when hopper windows are installed high off the ground, they're difficult to reach by would-be burglars. 

Con: May Get in the Way

When the sash of a hopper window is opened into your living space, it may be a hazard in high-traffic areas (this is another reason they are often installed high on the wall). It can also interfere with drapes and curtains, potentially making it difficult to decorate around. 

Con: Rain can Get In

While it's possible to leave an awning window open when it's raining without the inside of your home getting wet, that isn't the case with hopper windows. Because they open inward, your home could get drenched if you accidentally leave one open during a storm. 

Who Sells Hopper Windows?

You'll need to do some searching to find a hopper window vendor near you. When homeowners ask us for more European style window options, we usually look to Marvin. Marvin offers a larger hopper window with a fixed top sash and a tilt-and-turn↗ style that also works in egress applications. One other brand that offers hopper windows that are more similar to the awning style is Harvey building products.

Choosing the perfect replacement window for your home isn't always easy, but we're here to help. Contact us today to talk to our team or schedule a free project estimate!


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