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Hopper Windows vs. Awning Windows

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If you’re in the process of choosing new windows for your home, you probably know there are a lot of styles to choose from. Awning and hopper windows are two styles you may not be as familiar with.

Hopper and awning windows aren’t for just any room, they have specialized uses. In this post, we’ll talk about these two similar window styles, when to choose them, and how to know which one is right for your space.

But first, let’s talk about what they are.

What is an Awning Window?

Awning windows are typically horizontal and they swing open outward, so the sash (the pane of glass) is away from the house. They can swing open from the top or bottom. When they open from the top, their position is similar to an awning. Although they can be installed in any area of your home, they’re commonly seen in basements, bathrooms, and kitchens.

What is a Hopper Window?

Hopper windows are similar to awning windows, but instead of opening outward, they open inward so the sash is in the house. Like awning windows, they can be installed anywhere, but are commonly used in garages, basements, and attics.

Awning vs Hopper Windows

Since awning and hopper windows are so similar, it might be tempting to think of them as interchangeable. That’s not quite the case, though. Despite their similarities, there are a few key differences. 

Wide Open Spaces

The biggest difference between awning and hopper windows is the way they open. Since hopper windows fold open inward, you’ll need to make sure they have room inside to open.

Hopper windows are commonly used in small or tight spaces, so this is something to consider ahead of time. If a wall or other fixture will keep the window from opening inward, it’s best to go with an awning window. 

Since awning windows open outward, you don’t need to worry about ensuring there is enough space inside for them to open. Of course, if you have enough space indoors, you can choose either style.

But keep in mind that because they open outward, 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!

Energy Efficiency

You may have read that awning windows are more energy-efficient than hopper windows. While this may be true for other manufacturers, Window World is proud to offer energy-efficient windows in both styles! With a multi-chambered frame and insulated glass, you can enjoy all the money-saving energy efficiency benefits of other window styles.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Advantages of Awning Windows

Because they open outward, you can leave awning windows open in almost any weather. The sash will shield the window 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.


Disadvantages of Awning Windows

Awning windows can be difficult to clean, especially if they’re up high on a wall. Because they don’t open completely, you’ll need to clean your awning windows from inside and outside. In addition, the partial opening also means they don’t provide as much ventilation as hopper windows.

Advantages of Hopper Windows

As we mentioned, hopper windows allow more fresh air and ventilation because you can open them completely. 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.

Disadvantages of Hopper Windows

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 area in front of it. You’ll also have to find a different place for tall furniture like bookshelves or grandfather clocks.

Find Your Perfect Windows at Window World Jersey Coast

When you schedule your in-home consultation, our specialists will help you decide which window is right for your space.

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