Double hung windows look similar to single hung windows, but there are some notable differences. This review discusses the difference between single hung & double hung windows and how you can choose the best option for your new window installation.
What Are Single Hung & Double Hung Windows?
Single & double hung windows are two of the most traditional window styles. Single hung windows have two sashes, but only the bottom sash opens while the top sash remains stationary. Double hung windows allow you to open either the bottom or top sash.
Some forms of double hung windows allow the sashes to open outward, rather than by sliding it up or down. Although similar in appearance, there are some notable differences in price, style and ease of use, which we will discuss below.
The Pros & Cons Of Single Hung Windows
Single hung windows are the most traditional window style and there is a reason they are the most popular option. Most notably, single hung windows are convenient. They are easily installed and affordable. Other benefits of single hung windows include:
- An authentic and classic look
- Increased savings potential
- Easy for replacing existing windows
Although a professional window installation is still recommended, the installation for single hung windows is easier (and subsequently more affordable). The windows themselves are also more cost-efficient as well when compared with double hung windows.
The drawback to single hung windows, however, is that they do not allow for the same level of ventilation that double hung windows do. In addition, it is more challenging to clean single hung windows since the upper sash does not pull down. They also may not be the most stylish solution for more modern homes.
The Pros & Cons Of Double Hung Windows
At first glance, double hung windows look the same as single hung windows. However, there are notable benefits to choosing double hung windows over single hung windows. These benefits include:
- Easier to clean and maintain
- Allows for better air circulation
- Offers more aesthetic appeal
The exterior of double hung windows are easier to clean. This is because you can easily slide the upper sash as well as the lower sash down for easy access. Subsequently, double hung windows work well for second stories, whereas it is much harder to clean the exterior side of single hung windows on the second floor. Of course, the downside to double hung windows is that they are more expensive when compared with single hung windows.
However, they are still a relatively affordable option when compared against all window types. The installation process may be more challenging as well.
How To Choose Between Single Hung & Double Hung Windows
You can decide between single hung and double hung windows by considering the cost advantages for each, your home type and the ventilation. These considerations should provide you with more information and allow you to make a more informed buying decision.
Consider The Initial Cost vs. Long-Term Value
The cost for new double hung windows is more than new single hung windows. However, the long-term value of double hung windows is greater. This is because they are more valued and easier to care for long-term, which may make it easier to sell your home for the ideal amount in the future.
When choosing between single hung or double hung windows, you should consider whether you prefer to save on installation costs or to attain the long-term added home value that double hung windows offer.
Consider The Type Of Home
Single hung windows are typically ideal for craftsman or cottage-style homes. Double hung windows are used more for colonial, Cape Cod and Victorian houses.
You are starting to see double hung used more for craftsman-style homes as well. Of course, these rules are not written in stone, and both options can look great in most home types. However, considering the type of home you have can always give you a more specific idea of what your home will look like after installation.
Consider The Quality Of Ventilation
Double hung windows allow for better air circulation and ventilation due to their ability to open from both the bottom and upper sashes.
Whereas single hung windows can only open from the bottom sashes, so allowing natural air inside your home is more limited. Your preference for ventilation may influence your preference between single and double hung windows.
Contact The Professional Window Contractors At Adelphia Exteriors
Adelphia Exteriors can help you decide between single hung and double hung windows. We can also help you choose the specific window option that works best for your home (i.e. color, size, etc.), along with handling the installation for you as well.
If you would like to learn more about single hung and double hung windows for your home, contact our professional window installation contractors today by calling (703) 386-7357 or by contacting us online.