Comparing Double-Hung and Single-Hung Windows

October 20th, 2019 by

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For decades, double-hung windows have been a window replacement staple of classic and traditional architecture. You can find them in standard Victorian, Prairie or Colonial homes. 

But what about single-hung windows? Today, Renewal by Andersen® of Portland explores these two styles and help you decide which is best for your home.

Double-Hung vs. Single-Hung Windows

Both have frames that allow for two sashes, one for the top half and another one for the bottom half. The sashes will typically have muntins that hold the glass in place as well as give some depth in the window design. The only thing different is that in single-hung window replacement  the top sash is not operable—that is, it doesn’t move. Double-hung windows are so called because both sashes can be slid up or down, allowing for more control over how much air can get in your home.

Advantages of Double-Hung Windows

This double-sliding action provides many advantages. For one, it makes double-hung windows easier to clean because two operable sashes can give you access to areas that otherwise would have been harder-to-reach. Also, double-hung windows can ventilate a room better than a single-hung window.

Making the Right Choice

Your window replacement decisions are ultimately up to you. Design-wise, both options offer a lot of versatility. However, if you value convenience, safety, ventilation and minimal maintenance requirements, it’s hard to ignore the benefits of the trusty double-hung.

Our window specialists at Renewal by Andersen of Portland can help you find a replacement window solution for your home. Call us at (503) 419-3960 or fill out our contact form to schedule an in-home consultation and get a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR.