Not many homeowners are replacement window experts. Why would they be? When you buy a home, it (typically) comes with windows already installed. Until it comes time to replace those windows, you would have no reason to learn about the various styles and brands of replacement windows. But when you do decide to replace your windows, it’s helpful to have some knowledge about the various styles available.
One of the most common styles of windows is a single hung window. You will find this type of window in a lot of bathrooms and smaller bedrooms. Less common is a double hung window. At first glance, the two types of windows look exactly the same. However, there are some key differences.
What Are Single Hung and Double Hung Windows?
Single and double hung windows are a vertically oriented style of window—meaning, they’re taller than they are wide. They both have two panels of glass, or sashes, one above the other. In a single hung window, only one of the sashes is operable, while in a double hung window, both sashes are able to be open and closed.
What Are the Advantages of Double Hung Windows?
Because both sashes in double hung windows are operable, you can choose to open either the top or bottom portion, or you can open both portions, partially, at the same time. When you do this, it can help increase ventilation, which is nice in small rooms, such as bathrooms.
In addition, double hung windows have what’s called a tilt-in sash. A tilt-in sash allows you to angle the window sash inward, so you can wash the exterior glass from the inside of your home. This is especially handy for second-story windows, which can be difficult to clean otherwise.
Michal Kuron, owner of Bay Area replacement window company Custom Exchange, says, “Double hung windows are a great upgrade to consider when you’re replacing your windows. Most tract homes come standard with single hung windows. Replacing them with double hung windows, especially in second-story rooms, is definitely an upgrade to consider.”
Do Double Hung Windows Cost More than Single Hung Windows?
Double hung windows are a bit more expensive than single hung windows, due to the extra functionality. However, many homeowners find the cost of this upgrade worth it. Think of it this way—you pay a little more one time, and you get the convenience of a double hung window for as long as you own your home. You’ll thank yourself every time you are able to easily wash you second-story windows!
What Brands of Double Hung Windows Should I Consider?
Not all companies that manufacture replacement windows offer double hung windows. Some of the more “budget” brands and lines will only make a single hung window. For his Bay Area replacement window customers that want double hung windows, Kuron recommends replacement windows from Bay View and from Simonton’s Madeira line. He says, “Both Bay View and Simonton make quality windows at great prices. Not only do they give homeowners lots of options to choose from, but their windows are also extremely energy efficient, which is important to a lot of our customers.”
If you want to learn more about replacement windows, or if you are looking for a replacement window company that serves Pleasanton, Livermore, and the San Jose area of California, visit the Custom Exchange website.