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If you’re in the process of choosing new windows for your home, you’re probably most familiar with some of our more popular styles, including double-hung and casement windows. But windows come in a wide variety of styles to meet every taste and need, and lesser known types like awning and hopper windows may be a better option for your home.
Hopper windows and awning windows are highly specialized window options and offer specific benefits once installed. Let’s discuss these two very similar window styles and how to choose between them. Read on!
Awning windows are typically horizontal and open outward, so the window pane, or sash, swings away from the house. These windows can open from the top or bottom; when opened from the top, their position is similar to an awning (hence the name). Although awning windows can be installed in any area of your home, they’re typically seen in basements, bathrooms and kitchens.
Hopper windows are small windows commonly installed in basements to increase the natural light in these lower-level, low-light rooms. They are hinged at the bottom and open inward from the top. Hopper windows are a great option for homeowners who are short on interior space but still want to increase light and ventilation.
While awning and hopper windows may have some similarities, they are not interchangeable. Let’s review some of the key differences between the two styles.
The biggest difference between basement awning and hopper windows is the way they open. As mentioned above, awning windows open outward, while hopper windows open inward. Choosing between the two needs some consideration of your interior and exterior space at home.
Hopper windows are commonly used in small or tight spaces because of their slim, unobtrusive design. However, because hopper windows fold open inward, they require space inside your home to open without obstruction. If a perpendicular wall, light fixture or tall piece of furniture will prevent you from fully opening your hopper window, you may want to consider an awning window instead.
Awning windows’ open-out function allows you to ignore your home’s interior space, but some thought will need to be given to exterior placement. Awning windows aren’t suitable for high traffic outdoor areas like those that overlook patios, decks, or sidewalks. You don’t want your window to become an outdoor obstacle when it’s open!
You may have read that awning windows are more energy-efficient than hopper windows. While this may be true for other manufacturers, Window World of Jersey Coast is proud to offer energy-efficient windows in both styles! With a multi-chambered frame and insulated glass, you can enjoy all the green benefits of other window styles, no matter which one you select.
One of the main advantages of awning windows is that they open outward, allowing you to leave them open in almost any weather. The sash will shield your home’s interior from rainfall, allowing you to enjoy fresh air no matter what. Don’t try this with hopper windows, though—the inward opening practically invites rain and debris inside.
Awning windows can be difficult to clean, especially if they’re installed high on an exterior wall. Because they don’t open completely, you’ll need to clean your awning windows from inside and outside. In addition, the partial opening means they don’t provide as much ventilation as hopper windows.
Hopper windows can open completely, allowing more fresh air and ventilation than awning windows. For the same reason, they’re much easier to clean. You can open the window and clean the inside and outside without having to go outside.
As previously mentioned, hopper windows can’t be installed in tight spaces or close to a perpendicular wall. If you do install one, you’ll have to be mindful of the interior space directly in front of it.
Whether you’re exploring awning or hopper windows—or another window style entirely—we have the expertise to help you make the right decision for your home. Ready to get started? Schedule your free in-home consultation today!