When windows become old, damaged, or hard to open, it’s time for a window replacement. Two of the most popular options are double hung and single hung windows. Let the pros at Lifetime Exteriors help you explore the differences and help uncover which is the best choice for your long-term needs.
The Difference between Double Hung and Single Hung Windows
When choosing between the two most popular window styles, realize they have many similarities and a few distinct differences. A single hung window is different from a single pane window. “Hung” refers to the number of movable sashes, and “pane” refers to the number of glass panes in a replacement window.
While both single hung and double hung windows have two sashes to bring a visual separation to the top and bottom portion of the window, single hung windows have only one movable sash, while double hung have two.
Both single hung and double hung windows look the same from a distance. They are both easy to operate, and both give you timeless, classic style.
Here are some of the differences between single hung and double hung windows:
Double Hung Windows
As the most popular and versatile window replacement, double hung windows open from the top down, and from the bottom up. They allow air to circulate when both sashes are opened, making them a great choice for humid upstairs rooms such as bathrooms. You can crack the upper sash open to help reduce moisture during a bath or shower, while still maintaining privacy. The ventilation feature of double hung windows can also reduce the possibility of the presence of mold or mildew in a home.
The classic look of double hung windows is a great complement to many home styles, and they can be easily customized with fiberglass, vinyl, or wood frames along with glass options, and great looking locking mechanisms.
Their ease of cleaning makes them a favorite for people with second floors, saving them from the safety risk of climbing a ladder to clean window exteriors. They may provide an added element of safety for homeowners with small children or pets because they can be opened from the top down, making them less accessible to small children or pets. They look fabulous in Colonial, Cape Cod, Craftsman, Victorian, and other home styles.
Single Hung Windows
The timeless beauty of single hung windows offers a great option for historic homeowners looking for period-specific windows that give their home an authentic look. Single hung windows open only from the bottom up, so they have fewer moving parts than double hung windows.
They require little to no maintenance due to their stationary top sash. They look fabulous on multiple home styles, and are a cost-effective option that may make window replacement more feasible. They can be customized with a variety of frame, glass, and hardware options. They look great on Craftsman style cottage homes, historic homes, and many other home styles.
The Benefits of Double Hung and Single Hung Window Replacement
When it comes to energy efficiency, both single hung and double hung windows offer excellent energy savings. With single hung windows having a fixed sash, it may help increase energy efficiency. But other factors also come into play, like ENERGY STAR rated glass packages—which can be part of both double hung and single hung window components.
While single hung windows give adequate ventilation, double hung windows create better air circulation because air can flow into your home through the bottom opening, and out of your home through the top opening.
Properly installed double hung and single hung replacement windows will work optimally and give you the high performance you deserve from your new windows. Take time to research the best window replacement contractor so you get the best long-term results. Look at online reviews, BBB ratings, and Angie’s List. Ask for referrals, and be sure to get a written estimate from the company you choose to avoid surprises.
While comparing replacement windows, factor in the warranty each manufacturer offers. While you don’t anticipate problems, it can give you confidence to have a good warranty in place, and both single hung and double hung windows come with excellent warranties.
Both double hung and single hung windows with stained wood interiors are predominant in Bungalow style homes. These popular windows look fabulous in a host of other home styles as well.
Window Replacement—Frame Options
The durability of fiberglass gives homeowners confidence in the long-lasting nature of these window replacements. They are low maintenance, high performance, and help lower your utilities because of their strong insulating properties. They can mimic the look of wood without the maintenance needs wood requires.
Cost-effective vinyl windows make upgrading your home more feasible for many homeowners. They are known for their thermal insulation, low maintenance, and the fact that they never need to be repainted. When it comes to painting—if it’s vinyl, it’s final.
The genuine beauty of wood windows gives a classic warmth to homes. Wood window frames deliver excellent insulation, and work well in historic homes for a period-specific look. They also complement many other home styles, yet in order to keep moisture from intruding, they come with higher maintenance requirements than other window frame options such as vinyl or fiberglass.
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