A basement hopper is a specialty window that is designed specifically for basement applications. A hopper is a hinged window that is hinged at the bottom and tilts in to open for ventilation. Hopper windows come with a full screen on the exterior and usually have an option for a heavy duty aluminum screen as windows at ground level are more prone to being hit by rocks kicked up by a lawn mower or being scratched at by pets or wild animals. Glass options usually include double strength glass, tempered glass, or even laminated glass.
A hopper window seals up tighter than most windows using a compression seal to keep out not only air but water as well. Hopper windows usually only come in white or beige and don’t have all the color options that other windows have. Most manufacturers offer limited glass options for their hopper windows, usually double pane clear or double pane with basic Low-E and argon gas, although obscure glass is offered as an option on most hoppers in order to eliminate the need for addition window treatments such as blinds or curtains for privacy. Many manufacturers also offer a limited range of decorative grids/grilles between the panes of glass.
Basement windows are usually overlooked by most home owners, usually only being replaced if the window is broken or damaged. However, when taking the time to consider updating or replacing them before it gets to that point, we realize how beneficial they are to our home in ways we hadn’t thought of- Most people don’t know that replacing basement windows can go a long way to help improve the overall energy efficiency of their home. They are usually the easiest windows to break into as they are at or below ground level. A high quality basement hopper window with laminated or tempered glass can greatly improve the security of your home. Basement windows are usually the ugliest windows in the house especially if they are in an unfinished basement, but simply replacing and updating does wonders in improving the appearance of your home. Give us a call today and find out what new basement windows can do for your home!