When purchasing replacement windows, sorting out the best window style is one of the biggest decisions you will make. The style will determine the function and aesthetic of your new windows. It will also control the amount of ventilation and natural light you can get. You will need to consider what kind of room it is, the direction it faces, and where it is located. But aside from the most popular sliders and double-hung windows, what other, more unique, options are there?


Hopper and awning windows are not as common as other windows styles. And while they look the same when they are closed, these windows are significantly different. Here is what you need to know if you are considering these replacement windows in Long Beach, CA.

What is a Hopper Window?

With some brands, the sash of hopper windows moves inward, and can hinge at either the top of the bottom depending on the brand you choose. Or the window may hinge at the bottom and open outward.

Advantages of Hopper Windows

With hopper windows, you can get more ventilation because you can open the window completely. They can also provide more natural light in an otherwise dark and gloomy room. They bring an attractive, contemporary style to your home.

Disadvantages of Hopper Windows

These windows do not keep debris or rain from coming inside. They are also not as easy to escape out of in case of a fire or dangerous situation. And hopper windows aren’t easy to cover with blinds or shades so you might lose privacy.

Best Places to Install Hopper Windows

Most homeowners choose to install hopper windows in smaller spaces, like bathrooms or basement rooms. But because they are great for ventilation, some also choose to use them in the kitchen or laundry room where humidity may be a problem.

What is an Awning Window?

Instead of opening inward like hopper windows, awning windows open outward so the glass pane creates an “awning” over the window opening. They are like a casement window, but with the hinge mounted on top. They operate on a crank or there might be another mechanism used to keep the window open securely, otherwise the sash might slam shut.

Advantages of Awning Windows

These are the perfect solution for cooler, rainy days. With awning windows, you can still access ventilation, but keep light rain out of your home. They also offer a weather tight construction and if the wind blows against your windows, they seal even tighter.

Disadvantages of Awning Windows

Because they open outward, these windows are not great for high traffic areas outside like porches, walkways, decks, and terraces. They also become dirtier faster and are not as easy to clean.

Best Places to Install Awning Windows

Many homeowners choose to install awning windows in bathrooms and basements. It is also common to find them below fixed windows or above sliding glass doors. Or you can make a bigger statement by arranging awning windows in a column or row.

Want to know more about hopper or awning windows? Come check out our products at Seaport Windows and Doors. Stop by 4201 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720 or call 714-220-3939 to set up an appointment with one of our window experts today.

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