Hopper windows are one of the most popular window options for schools, but they can also be an excellent choice for the spaces in your home that require a smaller window with full functionality. Here are just a few of the things our replacement window installers want you to know about hopper windows.
What Are Hopper Windows?
Hopper windows are a type of window that is hinged for opening instead of being able to slide vertically to open. Typically, they are hinged on the bottom and will open inward from the top. They are one of the best windows for home areas with limited space, such as basements and bathrooms. They can also be paired with larger windows to create a unique look for a space.
Because hopper windows are often located in vulnerable spaces in your home, they must have the absolute best security available. They have a lever-style handle and locking mechanism at the top where they open. Be sure to investigate the particular style’s safety ratings and only select the best-rated windows to keep your home and property secure.
Hopper windows are generally considered very energy-efficient replacement windows. They provide the most efficiency among models designed for small openings. They are able to fully ventilate a space when open and have thick insulating glass when closed.
If you do plan to use your hopper windows at night to cool your home, we encourage you to use window screens to keep your home free of annoying pests.
Like all window styles, hopper windows have their disadvantages, the most notable being that they do not offer great privacy. You cannot use traditional window coverings with hopper windows and still maintain the window’s functionality.
We recommend that our customers consider using factory tinting, privacy films or glass etching to ensure their privacy. Window screens may provide some limited additional privacy.