Basement Hopper Windows
There’s a large number of options when it comes to the different types of basement windows. The more research you do, you may be more and more confused about which is the best option. Keep reading to learn the differences between glass block basement windows and basement hopper windows.
While The Glass Block Supply Company is known for our large inventory of glass block and Clear Choice Glass Block Windows, we also stock pour in place basement hopper windows. There are many benefits to installing a basement hopper window, so let’s dive into what makes them stand out!
Hopper style basement windows are very similar to other basement windows you have probably seen. Other types of basement windows include awning, glass block, and egress windows. Awning windows and hopper windows are the most similar. Both windows hinge open, however, it just depends on which way they hinge open. Awning windows typically open to the outside of the home, where as hopper basement windows open towards the inside of the home.
Basement hopper windows are hinge windows that open from the top of the window. These windows open inward towards the room. There are a few benefits to the windows opening inward. One being the ability to clean them. From the inside of the building you are able to clean both sides of the window. With many other types of windows, glass block included, you are only able to access one side of the window from the inside of the building.
These windows are commonly used for basement or bathroom applications. Hopper windows can also be used in kitchens and garages. Do to their inability to meet proper building codes, hopper windows should not be used in finished basements and living quarters. Code for living and sleeping spaces is to have a window that is also an emergency exit, such as an egress window. To learn more about the egress windows we offer, check out our page Basement Egress Windows.
Benefits of Hopper Windows
Let there be light!
The most sought after quality of any window is the ability to transmit light to dark spaces. Allowing more natural light into spaces can help boost moods and increase productivity. As well as, lowering energy costs at the same time. the psychical effects daylight can on your body includes, better sleep pattern, lower blood pressure, increase likelihood of laughter and enhanced alertness.
Not only do the windows allow more natural light in, requiring less use of artificial lighting, they also are more energy efficient due to their tight seal. These windows create an air tight seal to block outside air from getting in in the summer months and inside air from getting out in the winter.
The basement hopper windows that we offer at The Glass Block Supply Company, are strong enough to be used as a pour in place window or as a replacement window in an existing opening. Our pour in place basement windows are used for new construction homes and are built into the poured concrete foundation of the home.
These hopper windows are also great for reducing humidity in your home. Basements are prone to damp and humid conditions, providing a way for the area to vent can make a significant difference. In basements the hopper windows are typically placed higher on the wall. Humid and hot air rises allowing for it to escape through the window when it is opened. The way the hopper windows hinge allows for hot air to escape and cool, fresh air to come into the home.
Glass block windows are highly secure, what about hopper windows?
Glass block windows are typically sought after because they are known to be very secure and keep unwanted guests out of your home. Hopper style basement windows are just as secure. Because the hopper basement windows lock from the inside it is very difficult to undo. Basement hopper windows are also typically small, meaning they would be difficult to fit through.
How to Install Basement Hopper Window
The first and most important step when replacing a basement hopper window is getting accurate measurements. After removing the old basement window, measure the size of the opening. Windows going into a existing concrete wall should have a wooden sill on all sides of the opening. Your new measurements should be from wooden sill to wooden sill. After removing the old window, slide the window into the opening and dry fit the new window. Use wooden shims to set the window in the center of the opening. Secure the window buy screwing into the sill. Apply caulk on the inside and outside the window to seal any gaps.
Are you still unsure of what type of basement window would be best for your home? Give us a call today to let one of our customer service representatives help you!