Imagine the most picturesque exterior you can – a cobblestone path, a thatched roof and those windows that literally open out onto the perfect rose garden. Casement windows – those windows on hinges – will add charm and layers of history to any exterior. In the good old days, the windows were made of leaded glass and hinged out when the homeowner wanted some fresh air. Modern casement windows are built with energy efficiency in mind. They’re just as charming as the windows of yesteryear, but they’re eco-friendly and far more functional.
Casement windows open in much the same way as doors – when you open the sash, the entire window frame opens outward, allowing in the maximum amount of air. They also provide the most clear viewing area available in vinyl windows while adding a sense of European charm to your home.
Hopper windows are similar to casements in that they’re both hinged and can be completely opened, but hoppers are hinged on the bottom and open inward from the top. While these windows are available in a wide range of styles and sizes, they’re historically used in small areas, such as bathrooms and basements. They’re also useful for ventilation purposes when installed above fixed windows.
Whether you’re considering updating existing casement/hopper windows or want to replace your current windows with either style, you have a wide range of options. You’ll be amazed by how much change you can make to the exterior of your home with the right casement or hopper windows.
How are Casement and Hopper Windows Different from Other Windows?
Casement window sashes secure to the main window frame by one or multiple hinges on one side of the frame – and they’re equipped with a crank at the bottom to open and close the window. On the other hand, hopper windows attach to the frame at the bottom. Both window types can be installed singly or in pairs within one frame. You can also opt for windows either with or without screens.
How Do Casement Windows Work?
Cranks, levers or cam handles open and close both casement and hopper windows. They’re conveniently placed at hand height and serve double duty as window locks. If a window opens outwards, a crank, stay or friction hinge attached to the casement keeps the window open. A compression seal around the main frame of the window ensures a secure, weatherproof fit. The crank-in casement windows are designed to help hinge the window outwards at an ideal angle to direct the breeze from outside into the structure. It’s the best way to use natural ventilation to cool your home and introduce fresh air.
What are the Benefits of Casement Windows?
Casement windows have several features that make them ideally designed for warmer climates and those who desire more energy efficiency in their windows. These features include:
- Three locking points (or more) to keep windows securely closed and air tight
- Foam-filled multi-chambered frames to decrease energy transfer
- Aluminum reinforced frames to reduce energy escape
With casement windows, a home can be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Say goodbye to high-energy costs and your old windows!
How Do Hopper Windows Work?
Hopper windows, like casement windows, open with a crank and allow fresh air to enter a room. Hopper windows have a hinged bottom and locking mechanism at the top. Most have a lever-style handle that can lock and unlock the window for security. They open inward so that they won’t funnel precipitation into your home.
What are the Benefits of Hopper Windows?
Unlike traditional sliding windows, hopper windows open completely. This can make a significant difference in the amount of airflow into a room. For example, a sash window, whether it opens vertically or horizontally, can only slide as far as the other half of the window frame, allowing air to enter through only half of the available window space. It’s an inefficient use of space – and hopper windows can solve that problem.
On the other hand, a hopper window opens entirely. Since they hinge open from the top, the entire surface of the window area is available for ventilation and airflow. This can make a significant difference in the comfort level in a room – exactly why they’re so popular for use in small areas.
Which Options Do I Have for Casement Windows and Hopper Windows?
Casement and hopper windows are available in 3 standard colors and 11 standard PVC exterior bond colors, with 5 wood grain interior laminate designs. No matter what style of home décor you prefer, you can find casement or hopper windows to match.
Our casement and hopper windows are custom manufactured for any specification. They’re available upon request with J-channel and nailing flanges in order to accommodate new construction openings. Update the look of your home with casement and hopper windows by contacting Jack’s today.