Double Hung Windows vs. Single Hung

If you are shopping around for replacement windows and are wondering what the difference is between single and double hung windows. Here we will explain the main differences including the benefits of both, price differences, where they should be placed in your home, which type of window provides the best ventilation as well as maintenance and cleaning.

Difference Between Single and Double Hung Windows

The biggest difference between the two is how they mechanically operate.

Single Hung Window made of vinyl
Single-Hung Window

What are Single-Hung Window?

With a single hung window, the bottom sash moves up and down while the top sash is stationary. This is the most common type of window, especially in older homes. The bottom sash is usually larger, providing more space to let in air than the top sash.

What are Double-Hung Windows?

If you are looking for a window that will provide both aesthetic and functional benefits, then a double-hung window is the perfect option for you. Double hung windows use two sets of movable
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Double-Hung Windows
 sashes, one on the bottom and one on the top. This allows more light and air into the room, as well as making it easier to keep the window clean. Some people are uncomfortable with the idea of double hung windows because they believe they cannot be cleaned well. This is not always the case. In fact, many double hung windows can be cleaned just as well as single hung windows.

Which Type of Window Provides the Best Ventilation

The best way to get ventilation in your home is to open the windows. This will allow fresh air to circulate throughout the room and help to keep the air inside your home clean and free of pollutants. The best type of window for circulation is a double-hung window as cool fresh air will flow in from the bottom and the hot stale air will flow out from the top.

Cleaning & Maintenance

One of the reasons that many homeowners choose a double-hung window is for their ease of maintenance and cleaning. Double-hung windows come with a tilted sash that makes the sashes come out inward and allows you to clean the inside and outside of your window. Making these types of windows the perfect choice for windows located on the second or third floor of a home. Single-hung windows on the other hand do not usually have this feature and may require you to take off the screen on the outside of window to clean the outer portion of the window.

Single hung vs double hung windows, Cost Differences

The cost for replacement windows can be significant and choosing a window that is cost effective can be a critical decision for your home. Double-hung windows are slightly more expensive than single hung windows. This is because Double-hung windows have more mechanisms than single-hung windows because they have two sashes that open instead of one.

Where in your home will this window be installed?

Double hung windows are great for installation on the second or third story of your home because they are incredibly easy to clean from the comfort of inside of your home. While single-hung windows are better suited for the first floor for cleaning.

Energy Efficiency Comparison

Both types of windows are extremely energy efficient, what energy efficiency comes down to is the type of material you choose for your windows. Vinyl windows tend to be one of the most energy efficient window options and the most cost-effective option as well. Vinyl windows are made with thermal resistance in mind and have a higher R-value. The R-value is a measure of a material’s ability to resist heat flow and is the window industry’s standard for measuring a window’s energy efficiency. The higher the R-value, the better the window is at resisting heat flow and the more energy efficient it is. Our vinyl replacement windows are Energy Star rated, making them significantly more energy efficient than your older out of date windows.

What is The Best Style of Window for Your Home?

The best style of window for your home will depend on your personal preferences, your geographic location, as well as the needs of your home and where it will be placed.
If you are looking for a window that provides the most ventilation, then a double-hung window is the best option. If you are looking for a window that is easy to clean and maintain, both types of windows are incredibly easy to clean but double-hung do have their advantages. But, If you are looking for a window that is cost effective, then a double-hung window or single-hung windows are both excellent options.

Contact DaBella, The Professional Replacement Window Contractor

Whichever window you choose, make sure to consult with a professional at DaBella who can help you make the best decision for your home. Updating your windows is a big decision and should be done with care. DaBella is here to help you through these tough decisions, and we can make suggestions so that you are happy with your investment in your home.
DaBella offers single-hung and double-hung windows as well as many other vinyl window styles that are perfect for your home. We have experts who can help you choose the perfect windows for your home, no matter what your home’s needs may be. Contact us today at 844-DaBella to get started.