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Double-Hung vs. Single-Hung Windows

Posted on March 24, 2021 in Window Installation

Double-Hung vs. Single-Hung Windows

When it’s time to replace the windows in your home, many homeowners don’t realize they have a couple of options to choose from. The most common debate is between double-hung vs. single-hung windows. While they look nearly identical, they behave differently when it comes to opening/closing and the ability to clean them.

New Energy-Efficient Windows Help Save Money

You’re probably thinking about replacing the windows in your home because they are broken or drafty. When you don’t have a proper seal around your windows or they don’t close properly, your HVAC system will work overtime trying to regulate the temperature inside your home. This of course, can cause your energy bills to skyrocket. Installing new double-hung or single-hung windows throughout your home can help you save and allow you to enjoy properly functioning windows again. When choosing your new windows, you will have options to select from like the type of glass and insulative properties.

Factors to Consider When Choosing New Windows

Most homes in the Delaware Valley feature a similar style of window. The most common is the single-hung window. Homeowners deciding between double-hung vs. single-hung windows only have a few differentiating features to consider. The look of both types of windows is virtually identical, the differences are in how they operate.

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Ventilation and Other Functionality

If you want the ability to open the top and the bottom of your windows, double-hung is the choice for you. Both single- and double-hung windows consist of two sashes. For single-hung windows, only the bottom sash (typically) can be raised and lowered. Double-hung windows allow for both sashes to move up and down, allowing for improved ventilation and access to the exterior of the windows.

Ease of Use

When you install new single- or double-hung windows you will undoubtedly get windows that are easier to use. Modern windows are designed to easily open and close, so there’s no more fighting with stuck windows or sashes that won’t stay open.

Ability to Clean

Both types of windows come with the option to have the bottom pane tilt inward for cleaning. Because both sashes of double-hung windows move and tilt-in for cleaning you’ll be able to easily make sure your windows are always clean from dirt, smudges, and more.

What Do They Cost?

There is a cost difference when comparing single-hung vs. double-hung windows. Since double-hung windows have more moving parts, they typically cost more than a single-hung window of the same size and quality.

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Get Started With Your Window Replacement Project

If you’re still weighing the pros and cons of single-hung vs. double-hung windows, the experts at PJ Fitzpatrick can help. We have been installing windows in the Delaware Valley for over 40 years. If you are interested in a quote to install new windows in your home, contact us today.

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