If you’re considering replacing your windows, choosing a style of window can be daunting. After all, you can choose between bow, bay, casement, awning, side sliding, single or double hung. Two of the most common, perhaps, are single and double hung windows. But, what is the difference? Why choose one over the other? Here we will take a brief look at the features of both to, hopefully, help you in making your decision.
What is the difference?
A window sash is the part of a window that holds the glass pane together, and the sashes fit inside the window frame. Both single and double hung windows have two sashes, but they have one major difference:
Double hung window– Both sashes in the window frame are operable and can move up and down.
Single hung window- Only the bottom sash is operable and can move up and down. The top sash is fixed in place and won’t move.
Which should I choose?
The “right” choice in a window depends on a person’s individual needs and what is best for them. For example, for one person, the decision may solely rely on cost; for another, it may come down to the convenience factor. Here are a few deciding factors to help weigh the pros and cons:
Single hung- less easy to clean since the top panel does not lower. Many single hung windows do tilt in, however, for ease of cleaning the exterior bottom sash.
Double hung- easier to clean because the top panel can easily be lowered, and often tilted, making cleaning a breeze.
Single hung- since only the bottom sash is operable, this style offers less ventilation.
Double hung- offers better ventilation, since both top and bottom sashes can be opened.
Single hung- less expensive to install, and typically less expensive to repair.
Double hung- more expensive to install and typically more expensive to repair.
Both single and double hung come in a range of styles and material options, but double hung offers a little more in terms of variety.
Another thing to consider is where you are placing these windows. If you are looking to install windows in places that would require you to reach across a counter, or up high, then double hung is probably not ideal.
Now that you have a better idea of which window is more right for you, you can start planning your design. Using this visualizer tool, you can actually upload a photo of the room in question to see how your new windows will look. Thank you, technology!