Hopper windows are single style windows, which like casements, are hinged for opening. They have their hinges installed at the bottom thus allowing them to open inward from the top. Commonly, hopper windows feature a small lever handle, which also fits into the locking mechanism, to provide ease of operation when you close and shut them.
Hopper windows are made available in a wide range of sizes although they are ideally used in small spaces and openings like bathrooms and basements largely because of their ability to open completely. Other types of windows will only eat up more space while those that slide to open will only provide half of the windows for ventilation. Sometimes, hopper windows are also used above other windows, specifically those that are much larger in dimensions.
One great thing about hopper windows is that they are energy efficient and provide maximum functionality compared to other types of windows designed or installed for small openings. They do not only provide and improve air circulation, they also bring in good amounts of natural light, which is highly important particularly in spaces that otherwise lack exposure from the outside environment. Additionally, given that they open from the inside, hopper windows can accommodate a full window screen.
On the other hand, the most significant drawback of hopper windows is that they give very little privacy. Putting window coverings like blinds or curtains can be a challenge, if not an impossibility. However, to provide more privacy, alternative measures can be considered like privacy films and tinting.
Replacement hopper windows are easily available and are commonly offered in several casement choices such as wood and vinyl, which make them both attractive and functional in almost all applications.
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