Should I Choose A Single Hung Window or A Double Hung Window?
You are planning to replace your windows in your home. For most of us, this is a project we only do once or twice in our lifetime. You probably want the new windows to enhance the look of your home, but do you consider the functionality of the new window as well? Do you like clean windows? Do you often clean your windows? Do you like to open your windows for fresh air? All these questions need to be answered to be able to find the perfect window match for you.
In this post, we describe the similarities and differences between a single hung window and a double hung window.
Similarities between a single hung window and a double hung window.
- Manufacturers design the windows in the same style; they look almost identical, and from the outside you hardly can see the difference between the two variations. Both variations are offered in several exterior and interior colors, several hardware finishes, and several grid styles and patterns.
- The maintenance costs for single hung windows and double hung windows are similar.
- Both windows are often also tilting windows. The bottom and/or top panel can tilt in.
Differences between a single hung window and a double hung window
- A single hung window has one movable panel on the bottom of the window, also called a sash. It only moves up vertically. The top is fixed and doesn’t move, it is sealed to the frame. A double hung window has 2 or multiple movable sashes, it can open at the bottom, but also from the top. Also, the tilting of all the panels makes it possible to clean the outside window glass completely from within the house.
- As we mentioned, both windows look alike. But if you look closely from the outside you can recognize that a double hung window has a movable screen. A movable screen is necessary to block the top opening.
- The single hung window is cheaper than a double hung window. They can cost 10-20% less than their double-hung competitor.
- A double hung window allows for more and/or better ventilation.
Alamo Exteriors works with and recommends local window manufacturers that make strong, durable windows. Depending on your personal needs, and your budget, each of these two options will be a good choice. You might even prefer a combination of both windows types!
Please contact us if you need more information: Call Alamo Exteriors or fill out this form. We give free estimates.