Understand the Basics Before Deciding on Replacement Windows
Faulty windows can leave your home drafty and cost you in utilities. Window replacements, from Approved Contractor, improve your home’s value, energy efficiency, and indoor comfort. Before deciding on what type of windows you will have installed, it pays to learn the basics about your options.
When it comes to window frame types, single-hung and double-hung are the most popular. They have several similarities, yet their differences set them apart distinctly from each other. Learning the distinction between the two can help clarify which will meet your needs best.
Window sash defined
When we look at single hung and double hung windows, we need to begin by defining what “hung” means. The term hung refers to the number of movable sashes (the part of the window that holds glass panes together and fits inside the frame).
Interestingly, single hung and double hung windows look the same from a distance. They both have two sashes that divide the window visually and functionally. Because of their structure similarities, they are often available in the same materials, giving your home a timeless look.
The primary difference between single hung and double hung windows lies in the upper sash. Single hung windows have a stationary upper sash, while double hung windows have a movable upper sash. It doesn’t sound like a huge difference, but it makes a sizable impact on window function, safety, and window style.
Let’s take an in-depth look at both single and double hung windows so you can decide which will work best for your lifestyle.
Double Hung Windows
Number of operable sashes
Double hung windows have two sashes that move, giving you the flexibility to open your windows from the top down, or the bottom up, or both.
Ease of operation
Double hung windows are simple to operate. Opening and closing them is easy for homeowners. They function well and slide up and down without much effort on the homeowner’s part.
Double hung windows are simple to clean, which comes in handy particularly when it’s time to clean the windows on your second floor. Avoid the dangers of climbing a ladder and cleaning the outside of your windows by investing in double hung windows. Both the top sash and the bottom sash of double hung windows tilt in, making them easy to wash (inside and outside) from the comfort of your home interior.
The initial cost of double hung windows is higher than single hung, but due to their function and performance, they are well worth the investment. They can also save you on energy bills due to their greater ability to ventilate your home.
One of the best features of double hung windows is their ability to open simultaneously. When you lower the top sash, and raise the bottom sash, you give your home the ability to let cool air in your home (from the bottom opening), and warm air out of your home (from the top opening). The result can be energy savings and superior indoor comfort.
Opening windows is great for your health, as indoor air is usually dirtier than outdoor air. If you can open your windows for a period of time daily, the indoor toxins will escape your home, and you can breathe healthier, cleaner air inside.
Why Homeowners Choose Double Hung Windows
Double hung windows are popular for homeowners who want more flexibility on their ventilation and cleaning. They work fabulously in rooms with warm, damp air—like bathrooms and kitchens. Lack of fresh air in moist rooms can lead to mold, mildew, and other health hazards. Keep moisture out of your home by ventilating it with gorgeous double hung windows.
People choose double hung to make second story window cleaning safer, and allow more fresh air to circulate in their home. Double hung windows work well for Colonial, Cape Cod, and Craftsman homes.
Single Hung Windows
Number of operable sashes
There is only one movable sash on single hung windows, and it’s the bottom sash. The stationary top sash can help these windows last long since they don’t move. It can also help you save money on utilities because the top sash is in a fixed position and therefore its seal stays intact longer.
Ease of operation
Today’s single hung windows are easy to operate. Homeowners find it simple to open and close them.
The bottom sash tilts in, so it’s easy to clean. The top sash, however, doesn’t tilt in, so it makes cleaning the outside of your second floor windows more difficult. You will likely either need to hire a window cleaner to take care of your second floor window cleaning, or carefully use a ladder and clean them yourself.
Single hung windows are more cost effective than double hung windows. They also may be more affordable throughout their lifetime because they have fewer moving parts.
When it comes to single hung windows, they don’t provide as much ventilation for your home because only the bottom sash opens. While you can enjoy airflow into your home from single hung windows, the warm air doesn’t circulate out of your home like it does with double hung windows.
Single hung windows are popular for Craftsman and Cottage style homes. They are also used by those replacing windows on the first floor of homes and businesses. They work well in historic homes where period-specific looks are a priority. Single hung windows are chosen when homeowners are looking for multiple window replacements at the most affordable price.