Awning vs. Hopper Windows

Awning vs. Hopper Windows

With so many different window replacement options, it can be hard to choose the best type for your home. When it comes to deciding between hopper and awning windows there are a few key differences that set them apart.  

What are awning and hopper windows 


Awning and hopper windows look almost identical when closed but vary in the way they open. Awning windows hinge at the top and are opened by cranking the bottom out. This creates a small awning-style cover over the window opening, hence the name. Because the window provides a protective covering, they are beneficial for rainy or especially sunny climates. 


Hopper windows are hinged at the bottom, so when they’re opened, they tilt slightly inward. This makes it ideal for ventilating smaller spaces without letting in dust or debris. They are usually installed toward the top of the wall in basements or bathrooms. They are excellent for letting light into rooms where privacy is valued, or small spaces where double hung windows or other window types won’t fit. 

What are the benefits of Awning vs hopper windows: 


Both awning and hopper windows score high on energy efficiency! Energy efficiency is an important factor in deciding which windows to install in your home. Faulty windows that aren’t airtight can cause your energy bills to increase dramatically and affect the climate inside your home. Both awning windows and hopper windows have a compression seal to create an airtight defense when the window is closed. The seal eliminates the gap between the window sash and frame, keeping out the outside weather, draftiness and moisture. 


The award for safety in this case goes to the hopper window. Because the hopper window tilts inward, it makes for a more natural security deterrent. By design, they are typically small so great for spaces that need ventilation with the added value of security.  


Score extra bonus points to the awning window in this category. Awning windows hinge at the top and open outward so you can leave your awning window open in any weather.  

Space Savers 

Both hopper and awning windows are small but mighty. They are designed to provide maximum light and ventilation in spaces that can’t fit larger sized windows.  

Keeping it Clean 

Hopper windows win the cleanliness award. Because the hopper window was originally designed to allow for air movement but limit dust and debris from coming into the home, hopper windows are great choices for the lower levels and basement area of the home. Plus, the hopper window is easier to clean than the awning window because the hopper window tilts inside the home versus the awning window that hinges outward. 

Both styles of windows have pros and cons to their designs. When deciding between a hopper or awning window determine the function of the window to help you choose. Still unsure? Let a Thompson Creek professional put our decades of expertise to work for you. Call us today for a free in-person or video consultation 

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