Tafco Hopper Vent, Tafcoâs solid main frame hopper ventilation vent can be used for both new and existing construction. Excellent for use in masonry applications. Throughout the year you will enjoy the security of the maintenance-free hopper. Convenient and secure these good-looking vents are easy to install. The removable screen keeps insects out. The water weeping system drains water away from your structure. Careful consideration has been given to both the builder and homeowners needs.
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76%of customersrecommend this product32 of 42reviews
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76%of customersrecommend this product32 of 42reviews
I expect these windows were designed for concrete or blocks by their looks however I used similar hoppers in my addition (second bathroom & wood construction) three years ago and they have worked so well I didn't hesitate to repeast the use . I had replaced my garage door with a 5 foot french door and wanted ventalation for the area. I chose to use three of these hoppers vertically stacked beside the door because they were the only thing I could find that would work without having to have them custom made. I spent much time making sure that the framework to hold them was square and routed the sheathing so the windows sat against it on the outside. The windows are made to be mortared in but because I was putting them into 2X6 studs I leveled them using plastic dowels then used sealing /insulating foam to set them in place. I sealed the wood frame on the exterior with protecto wrap and routed the outside sill flush with the stud to prevent trapping water. Then I built the outside frame/ brick molding out of 5/8"X1+3/4" plastic molding strips from HD gluing them together with clear PVC cement. I have used this method before with good results. I just nail the frame to the sheathing calk the inside and sealed the outside, flashed the top and used 3/8" X 1" plastic molding on the inside to hold the hoppers in place. My bathroom windows are done the same way and have worked perfectly for over 3 years. A word of caution . be careful to use inside molding that allows the windows to open. When I did my bath windows I had to re-do the inside molding because they looked nice but the couldn't be opened. (to me woodworking is throwing wood into a stove) I would love to had found these windows with nailers however the finished job looks great and the extra work only took me about an hour for all three. All three work slick and today it is 20 degrees and they feel warm and draft free. I have solved my ventalation problem and added more light to the room I'll probable find out that they could have been bought with a nailing flange
Pros: Energy Efficient, Great Value, Fits in Various Rooms, Functional, Well Made, Multi Use, Beautiful Appearance, Easy to Clean, Sturdy, Good Size & Fit, High Quality
THIS WINDOW IS VERY SIMPLY ENGINEERED AND WELL BUILT FOR WHAT IT IS. I DO NOT KNOW THAT IT WILL HOLD UP TO A LOT OF ABUSE BUT I INSTALLED 3 OF THESE ABOUT 4 MONTHS AGO AND JUST ORDERED ANOTHER FOR A ANOTHER APPLICATION. MADE FOR A MASONARY INSTALLATION--WOOD ROUGH-IN NEEDS TRIM.
Appears to be good quality. Just what we were looking for, but didn't realize that it is not clear glass - guess that's what dual glass means! But it is ok that it is not clear since it is for light and airflow - not to look out.
This window does not have any kind of overlapping trim, so installing it in a wooden or cement panel wall, etc. will require some pretty precise cuts and maybe a lot of caulk. If you are not already a pro at installing windows DO NOT attempt to install this window yourself. To add to the difficulty, this window does not come with any installation instructions at all, and it is uniform in width from front to back. It might not be obvious how that last "feature" is an installation disadvantage, but it ends up making the unit awkward to affix flush and straight with the wall.
The frame is soft plastic, but otherwise seems pretty decent quality. For the money, I am not too disappointed, but not excited, either. Had to ding it one point on appearance, too, because of the innate installation difficulties. If you don't make a perfect cut in your wall to put the window in, it can look pretty cruddy. Your only options to cover imperfections are to use lots of caulk and paint or put together your own trim.
I recently took on a project to transform my crawl space into a basement. When I got to the point where I was ready to install windows, I decided to give these hopper vents a shot. Because of the 8 X 16 inch size they are availlable in, I was able to siimply remove the existing crawl space vents and install these...securing them with mortar. They've been in place for about two weeks and are great. When they are shut they let in a good deal of light but are kind of frosted which provides privacy. When you open the windows they go completely horzontal allowing maximum airflow through the screen. For what I paid for these I have been impressed on all fronts. If I were to do this project over again, I'd purchase these hopper vents without hesitation.
Right size for the shed I was putting them in, are designed for masonry, takes a bit of finagling to fit in framing. Has plastic latch. Only metal hardware is screws that hold it together. Overall decent for the price and specific uses.
Pros: Energy Efficient, Multi Use, Great Value, Functional, Well Made, Good Size & Fit
Cons: only comes with obscure glass
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Review 13 for Hopper Vent Screen Window
from bellingham, wa
imagine the cheapest product ever
PostedAugust 20, 2010
No, I do not recommend this product.
This review is from:Hopper Vent Screen Window
This is the cheapest window product i have ever encountered. might find better manufacturing in the toys you find in 25 cent machines at the grocery store.
This is a very cheap vinyl window without any weather proofing. THE WINDOW DOES NOT SEAL. There are huge gaps that let the elements in. and the screen and glazing is held in place by exposed phillips head screws, visible from the exterior, that are already stripped out of the cheap plastic.
everything the description states is false.
"Pivot operation allows for multiple positions " ...wrong. manf. says to install in one position.
"A heavy duty continuous weather proof rubber seal on the door" .......SUPER WRONG....seal doesnt even close the window completely. around the hinge there are 1/4" gaps that let air and water directly to the inside (used loosely as this window doesn't really have hinges just plastic nubs that snap into place) ... might as well not even have a seal.
"Reinforced ribbed mainframe for additional strength"....wrong.... could bend this window in half...frame is SUPER flimsy.
"Heavy metal hardware provides security"....wrong..unless your main security issue is rodents...but then they might just chew through the cheap frame.
"Manufactured with bright white uv stable material".....wrong..... not white at all...more of a cream.
"They are ideal for use in both new and replacement construction".....wrong..... the only thing i might use this product for is a shed or dog house or a chicken coop. unless you live in an area where heating and cooling your house is not an issue.
Read many of the reviews that trashed this item but quite frankly, for the price it's well worth it. We wanted a transom window above a door I was installing in our mudroom, but didn't want to go real fancy or spend a lot of money on a custom unit. The space was short and this unit fit with minimal trimming. Looks good and serves the purpose for under 40 bucks.
They worked for the shed I was building, but I would not use them in a house. I put them into wood framing, but they're probably better suited for setting in mortar or concrete. No nailing flange or even screw holes in the edge. I made it work, as customer insisted on the product, but I won't use it again for wood framing. Hinge and latch work, and there is a gasket, but quality is low, like the price. Screen is loose in it's frame on all eleven I bought, and therefore not too attractive on the side of my beautiful shed. Packaging probably cost as much as the window. Shipping was excellent, though.
This window was perfect we needed a window for the bathroom that was smaller than usual windows since our shower frame went really high....this window was great and its glass is frosted so its perfect for a bathroom....i recommend it....
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Review 17 for Hopper Vent Screen Window
seems perfect for over the shower to ventilate; adds light
I installed this window with a wood frame. I am happy with the quality and it's unique design. It would be better if it had a consideration for installation on wood frame. I wish I knew this product before I started finishing my basement. The window was shipped very fast with a very good package of protection.