Single vs. Double Hung Windows

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Single vs. Double Hung Windows

Is it time to replace your home’s existing windows? With so many different options, selecting replacement windows can be overwhelming. Both single and double hung windows have many great features, making them popular choices for homeowners. But, how do you know which is right for you? Here’s what to consider when deciding between single and double hung windows for your home.

Single Hung Windows

Single hung windows can only be opened from one window panel, or sash. The bottom sash of the window moves vertically, while the upper sash does not move at all. Often used in newer home construction, commercial buildings, and apartments, single hung windows are one of the oldest window designs.

Single hung windows are an affordable option available in a wide range of styles from most manufacturers. Likewise, there are many options when selecting window materials. From vinyl window frames to aluminum, finding a style that matches your home is simple.

Cost

In terms of cost, single hung windows are great for homeowners on a tight  budget. Single hung windows tend to be 10-20% less expensive than double hung windows. While this is a relatively small difference, the cost can add up quickly when replacing multiple windows at once.

Cleaning

Because the top sash of a single hung window is inoperable, it can only be accessed from the outside. With that in mind, cleaning single hung windows can be challenging for homeowners, especially for windows above the first floor. A way to combat this problem is by hiring a window cleaning company several times a year.

Ventilation

With just one sash that opens, single hung windows offer limited ventilation. This can be problematic in rooms that need more ventilation. For example, bathrooms tend to have higher moisture levels which can cause mildew and odors to form. Opting for a single hung window may not do an adequate job of ventilating these spaces.

Safety

Safety is a very important factor when selecting windows and single hung windows are a great option for homeowners. If they are locked properly, single hung windows are a very secure.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Single Hung Windows

While single hung windows are more affordable up front, they can end up costing more over time. Two major factors to consider are the costs associated with cleaning and repairs caused by poor ventilation.

Advantages:

  • 10-20% less expensive
  • Available in many different styles
  • Safe and secure

Disadvantages:

  • Harder to clean
  • Less ventilation
  • Top sash is stationary

Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows look similar to single hung windows but have two functional sashes. Both sashes can be easily tilted inwards. With the ability to move both panels, double hung windows offer homeowners a lot of versatility.

Just like single hung windows, double hung windows come in a wide variety of styles and designs. Window frames are available in common materials like vinyl, wood, and aluminum as well as a range of colors. Double hung windows are a great way to enhance your home’s curb appeal.

Cost

Double hung windows may require a larger investment up front. However, very little maintenance is needed as time goes on. This makes them an excellent choice for many homeowners.

Cleaning

The design of double hung windows makes them much easier to clean in comparison to single hung windows. Both sides of the window can be washed from inside the house, thanks to the ability to tilt each sash. Whether located on the first or second floor, cleaning is a breeze.

Ventilation

The ability to open a double hung window from both the top and bottom creates better ventilation than single hung windows. Better ventilation makes double hung windows ideal for rooms prone to moisture.

Safety

For the most part, double hung windows are very secure when correctly installed and properly maintained. However, if a double hung window is not shut correctly, gravity can cause the upper sash to slide open so that it does not lock. This is easily remedied by testing the window to ensure it is securely locked.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Single Hung Windows

There are many advantages to choosing double hung windows for your home. While they may be more costly up front, the benefits make up for it. Not only are they easier to clean but they are also secure and require very little maintenance over time.

Advantages:

  • Easier to clean
  • Available in many different styles
  • Safe and secure
  • Provide more ventilation

Disadvantages:

  • More expensive than single hung windows

Still not sure which type of window is right for your home? We can help! Contact Yanish Custom Exteriors to talk to one of our experienced team members or request an estimate.

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