2 Minute Assessment

Awning or Hopper Window

While most of these windows have cranks, some simply push open. They’re great for ventilation and insulation. When open, they funnel air into your home, and when closed, the wind pushes the sash more tightly against the seals. To get screens out of the way, you need to pull them out.

Their design can make these windows hard to clean. Grit and debris might cause problems with cranks and hinges.

Life Span: 15-20 years

Steps to Assess Your Awning/ Hopper Windows


Step 1: Inside your home, check the walls around your windows for dampness or staining. If you find any, it means water is getting in around your window frames. Address the problem ASAP.


Step 2: Look at the frames and sills. You shouldn’t see any gaps between them and the walls. If you find gaps, seal them.


Step 3: Check for gaps where the glass meets the sash. Fix any cracked, loose, or missing sealant, glazing, or gaskets to keep drafts and water from creeping through.


Step 4: Cracked glass panes can create hazards. Repair broken glass right away.


Step 5: Open the windows. Any cranks should turn easily. If they don’t, try removing debris with a vacuum or a can of aerosol duster. With the windows open, check the seals where the sash fits into the frame. Replace any that are cracked, torn, or separated.


Step 6: Close the windows and lock them. The locks should move easily. While locked, windows should be tightly closed with no gaps around the sash.