There are many options available with regards to replacement windows, including material types, style, energy-saving options, and much more. One of the most common things we get the most questions about is how double-hung and single-hung windows compare to one another. Both windows are highly popular among modern homeowners due to their shared competence in aesthetic and versatility, however, there are key differences between the two that could drastically affect your decision.
The Structural Difference
Both windows operate on a vertical slide, making them easy to open and close. However, the key structural difference between these two is that the double-hung window has two operable sashes. The sash of the window is the panel framed within the main frame to hold panes of glass. Both windows have a top and bottom sash but only the double-hung allows movement of both. This offers homeowners with greater potential for natural ventilation. Furthermore, our double-hung windows also feature tilt-in operability to make for easy cleaning. The drawback of having two movable sashes is that it requires more working parts within the frame, resulting in a heavier window overall. Despite the heavier weight, many homeowners still prefer the luxury of dual sash operability.
The Better Window Choice
- Affordability: Single-hung windows are more affordable since they require less labor to install due to their lighter weight and abundance in prefabricated sizes. Additionally, they are constructed with less moving parts, which cuts down on production and retail cost.
- Energy Efficiency: Single-hung windows tend to perform better with regards to energy efficiency because of its fixed sash. One less movable component means there’s one less area where energy loss can occur. Double-hung windows have made some strides in this area with technologies like Low-E glass and triple pane construction.
- Security: Double-hung window, despite having more than one component that can open, is the stronger option when it comes to security. The stronger frame necessary to support its extra weight also adds strength to its overall structural integrity. Double-hung windows are also equipped with locks for each sash and vent latches for improved security and peace of mind.
- Maintenance: Cleaning a double-hung window is made exceptionally easy with the tilt-in sashes. Additionally, their easy operability and solid construction with high-quality materials significantly reduce the chances of any internal mechanical issues.
Other Factors to Consider
Unfortunately, there is no clear answer as to which window is better. Each window possesses wonderful features that make either suitable for any homeowner. Ultimately, the choice is dependent on your own discretion. Considerations such as budget, home style, window placement, and personal tastes are all things that should factor into your decision. If you decide that you can absorb the extra expense of double-hung windows, then we believe that is the better option. However, if you’re working with a stricter budget, then single-hung windows also make a fine addition to any home. Regardless of which window you choose, you can count on Your Remodeling Guys to give you the best options for your Pennsylvania home. Contact us today and speak with one of our window experts!