Double hung windows offer benefits such as increased ventilation inside your home, an easy cleaning process and increased value when compared with single hung windows. In general, they are an affordable window solution that offers unique advantages when compared with single hung windows. Plus, they are easy to maintain long-term.
This review discusses what double hung windows are, how they work and the advantages to choosing them over alternative window solutions.
Double Hung Windows: An Overview
Double hung windows are traditional-style, rectangular windows. However, the casing on double-hung windows is typically thicker than single-hung windows. They also have two opening sashes. This means you can open the window from the top or the bottom. With single hung windows, you can only open from the bottom. The primary reason homeowners choose double hung windows is for the extra ventilation.
There are other key benefits to double hung windows as well (see below). There are different types of double hung windows to consider. For more traditional double hung windows, you can open them by pulling down (or up) on the sash by placing pressure on the rails. There are newer forms as well, which can open by leaning the windows out from their tracks.
The Advantages Of Double Hung Windows
On average, double hung windows cost more than single hung windows. However, with the additional cost come some key benefits homeowners should consider.
Notable advantages of double hung windows include the ability to let more airflow into the home, an easier time keeping the windows clean and increased home value if and when you decide to sell your home.
Opening & Closing The Windows Is Simple
You can easily open and close double-hung windows without much effort or know-how. As mentioned, you can easily open them by unlocking them and pulling the sash open. You also have the option to open the top or bottom sash.
Some types of double hung windows, allow you to effortlessly open them by leaning the windows out from the tracks. This allows you to clean the outside glass from inside the house.
Double Hung Windows Are Easy To Clean
Both types of double hung windows are easier to clean than single hung windows. You can easily pull the upper sash down, so you can reach it without a step-stool or small ladder while cleaning. For double hung windows that allow you to lean them out from their tracks, you can clean both sides of the window from inside (or outside) the home.
With single hung windows, it is more challenging cleaning the upper sash as it does not slide down and the sash does not lean out.
Double Hung Windows Are Often More Attractive
Of course, the ability to easily clean double hung windows makes it easier to maintain their natural appearance and prevent them from collecting dirt, dust and stains. With single hung windows, homeowners are often less motivated to clean the windows as doing so is more challenging.
This can lead to early replacement of the windows due to the collection of debris that can damage the glass over time. Therefore, homeowners who desire clean and transparent glass that can easily be cleaned in less than an hour should consider double hung windows.
They Are More Valuable Than Single Hung Windows
Double hung windows cost more than single hung windows. Given their similar appearance when they are both brand new, this leads many to buy single hung windows. However, the long-term value is better with double hung windows. Not only are they initially more valuable, they are also easier to keep clean and less likely to need early replacement due to stains or damage.
Clean and damage-free windows can improve the aesthetics of your home and make your home seem more appealing to prospective buyers during the home selling process.
How To Determine If Double Hung Windows Are Right For You
Double hung windows are a great window solution for homeowners who want an affordable option that still offers more unique benefits than traditional single hung windows. They typically work well on the second floor of homes as well since they are easier to clean from the inside of the home.
However, single hung windows are more affordable than double hung windows. They may be ideal for homes that only have one story as they may require cleaning from outside the home, which is difficult to do on the upper floors.
Contact The Professional Window Installation Contractors At Adelphia
Adelphia Exteriors can provide and install double hung windows for your home or business. If you have questions about your window needs, then reach out to our team of professional window installation contractors today by calling (703) 386-7357 or by contacting us online.
We are glad to provide you with answers and help you make an informed decision about the window type that is best for your needs and preferences.