Double Hung vs. Single Hung Windows

As you begin your search for replacement windows, you will soon find that there are seemingly countless styles and options to choose from. You will need to consider, size, shape, location and overall style including the option of single or double hung windows. Both single and double hung replacement windows are designed with energy efficiency in mind, and both designs offer their own benefits.

Single Sash or Double Sash

The difference between the two types of windows is simple: Double hung windows feature two sashes that lift, versus only one sash on a single hung window. For people looking for added ease and convenience when cleaning their windows, two sashes that lift and tilt can make quite a difference, especially for people who live in a multi-story home. The ability to tilt both sashes inward on a double hung window eliminates the need to reach outside the glass while cleaning, and homeowners are able to clean both the interior and exterior window pane from inside the home.

The number of operable sashes also makes a difference when it comes to air ventilation. On a single hung window, only the lower sash can be opened for ventilation, whereas a double hung window can offer ventilation from the top, bottom, or both. Both single and double hung windows, however, are equal in terms of the amount of open space that can be achieved.

There are times, however, when air may creep in through windows even when they are closed. No matter how new or well-constructed they may be, all windows are prone to experiencing air gaps. Single hung windows tend to have less instances of air gaps because they have fewer moving parts, and the fixed panel is quite secure and nearly airtight. However, it should be noted that while a lower quality double hung window will leak significantly more than a single hung, there is very little difference in air infiltration when looking at a good quality double hung.

Windows are also a source of security, and it is worth noting that both single and double hung windows offer comparable levels of security, especially in the construction of new windows. Double hung windows do come equipped with an additional lock to secure both moving parts, but just as two locks can add extra security, it also means one extra lock that you will need to remember to check before securing the house at night or before leaving each day.

Finally, when it comes to affordability, single hung windows tend to be less expensive than double hung windows as they have fewer operating parts and are therefore easier and cheaper to assemble. Oftentimes, manufacturers offer single hung windows as a lower priced option, and these windows will not include some of the features that are included on a double hung window.

Contact Legacy Remodeling

Ultimately, the choice between single and double hung replacement windows comes down to personal preference. The professionals at Legacy Remodeling can help you weight the benefits of each style of window in order to help you make the best choice for you and your home remodeling needs.