Double-Hung Vs. Single-Hung Windows
Considering Window Replacement
Double-hung and single-hung windows are essentially two of the oldest, classic, and basic styles of windows that you can easily install in your home. If a young child were to draw out a home, he or she probably wouldn’t draw out a contemporary slider window, a single-hung window, or even a casement window. In fact, these windows haven’t changed much in hundreds of years, which is why they are so timeless and simple. Here’s a look at these timeless windows, what they’ve to offer, and how you can get the windows you love for a price you can live with!
Double Hung windows have two panes of glass, just like a casement window. The difference is that there is a middle pane that hangs down onto the two opposite sides of the frame just above the ground. Traditionally, single-hung windows had an upper sash that retracted into the rafters just above the window opening. Modern single-hung windows don’t have that upper sash but still use casements and are typically framed with vinyl sashes.
Single-hung windows offer the benefits of a bigger room with a more open, wide view, but only if you’re lucky enough to have a large sash to work with. The problem with single-hung windows is that because there is only one pane, there is a loss of energy efficiency and a reduction in overall square footage. However, single-hung windows offer the most attractive view of any type of window, and they also have the best circulation of air in the house because the air flows from the bottom to the top, instead of spreading across the entire width. This circulation of air helps to keep the house cool.
Double Hung windows offer a more attractive appearance, especially when there is a full window frame with no part of it attached to the outside. There are two types of double hung windows; the first is a casement window where the upper pane opens and closes like a door, the second is a recirculating window that has no upper sash. The most attractive benefit of double Hung windows is that they look identical to single-hung windows except for the appearance of the lower sash. Double Hung windows also offer the best circulation of air in the house because the air flows from the bottom to the top, instead of spreading across the entire width.
With all the positives and negatives of single-hung windows, what can you do to consider window replacement? Your first option should be double Hung windows. They offer more attractiveness and air flow than single-hung windows. However, they cost more than single-hung windows.
Another great idea to consider replacing your windows is to replace your sashes with double Hung windows that have a lower sash. This can help you save space because the bottom half of the window does not need to block air circulation as much. It is also beneficial if your home style is to have a lower sash, but since most homes have a solid door, then your option will not be feasible unless you get a double-hung window with an upper sash.
Benefits of Double-Hung Windows
Double Hung windows are a great addition to a home. They provide double panes of glass, which provide you with more privacy and energy efficiency than standard windows. In addition, they are easy to clean, which helps maintain your home’s value.
Double-hung windows require two sashes to be opened. One sag window, or both sashes, sit on the first floor. The lower sash swings out to pull in fresh air from outdoors. The upper sash slides past the other sash in the frame to close. This type of window has a single opening, which makes it difficult to clean.
A single-hung window is like double-hung windows, only the bottom sash moves out of the frame. The frame opens as normal, but the bottom sash is stationary. This type is easier to clean but not as energy efficient because it does not allow the cooling/heating of the room as well as double-hung windows. It does, however, have a single opening, making it easier to access the cooling/heating ducts without risking moving the sashes.
Double-Hung Vs. Single-Hung Windows – both single-hung windows and double-hung windows can be purchased from most home improvement stores. Some specialty window companies, however, make these products exclusively. If you choose to order your window components online, it is important to remember that the prices will vary greatly depending on the window style and company. Prices also will vary depending on the size and number of sashes.
There are many benefits of double-hung windows. They provide better insulation than single-sashed ones, which saves money on utilities over time. In addition, the longer the sashes, the more air flow is provided in the home. This improves the comfort level in the home as the temperature inside stays more constant than outside during the warmer times of the year. The longer sashes last, the more energy efficient they become. They also offer a greater degree of safety as the bottom sash, which houses the glass, is more difficult to break through if someone should try to force it open.
Another benefit of double-hung windows is the appearance of the structure itself. These windows look very modern and elegant and provide the homeowner with a sense of security. They can be placed on nearly any window frame, whether on a side of the house or in the front. Some double-hung windows (especially those with higher levels of glass) can actually provide the appearance of a second-story window, allowing for increased space in a home. Many homeowners enjoy the extra room that double-hung windows provide and use them in every room of the house from the entryway to the kitchen.