Hopper Window Installation
Most hoppers are installed in higher places and are relatively small. Just like the casement windows, the hopper windows are hinged but now from below. As a result, they open downwards and inwards into the house. When open, the windows slant upwards preventing dirt and other things to come into the house. Depending on the type of hopper window, it may open by cranking or by the hinge. To hold in the desired position, the windows may have window stays just like the casement windows.
Advantages of Hopper Windows
Just like awning and casement windows, the hopper windows press into the sealed frames when closed ensuring that no air is allowed to pass through. With high-quality glass, it is easy to insulate your home by closing the windows during the extreme cold or hot weather. During installation, the frame should be sealed well and fixed to the wall preventing air movement through the window.
The hopper windows are mostly small in size and as a result, do not present a security threat to the homeowners. Even when open, it is hard for a person to fit through the window ensuring home security.
In small places and sections of the house, it is easy for humidity to accumulate. Most of these areas where the hopper windows are used are poorly ventilated due to their locations and sizes. The hopper window, however, allows the moisture to escape when open, reducing the humidity of the place. This helps to keep things in the basement and bathroom from becoming damp, preventing damage and destruction.
Cons of Hopper Windows
Possible Water Entry
The fact that the hopper windows open inwards and downwards creates the risk of having rainwater or other stray water getting into the house.
Don't Go Well With Blinds
As the hopper windows generally open downwards and inwards most people do not use blinds to cover these windows, it’s more common to use drapes. They are generally placed towards the top of the ceiling in bathrooms or in basements.
Poor Emergency Exit
The hopper windows are most often than not very small in size to allow you to pass through them to safety in case of an emergency such as fire or burglary.
Hopper Windows Overall
Unlike other types of windows such as the bay and garden windows, the hopper windows are not as difficult to replace and don’t require sections of your home to extend and be supported beyond the walls. The location of placing the window is also very important. The location space should be enough to allow the window to open fully.
Maximizing Hopper Windows
The windows are mainly used in basements as well as places within the house with compact space. The main use of hopper windows is ventilation. For other reasons such as escape routes, they are too small to climb through and therefore might be worth looking into a larger window design for that. The bathroom is another place in the house that this kind of window is mostly used in.