One of the benefits of completing a home renovation project is that it enables you to fix things that have always bothered you about your home. For example, perhaps you have always been annoyed that the meeting rail (or horizontal bar) on the double-hung windows in your dining room obstructs a beautiful view. Or maybe you have difficulty opening the double-hung window above your sink. Double hung vs casement windows – we’ll tell you the pros and cons of each.
Double Hung Windows
Double-hung windows have an upper and lower sash in the window frame. The two sashes (window panes) can tilt in AND slide up and down vertically. There is a horizontal divider between the two movable sashes. (On a side note – the difference between double-hung windows and single-hung windows is that the top sash stays fixed in the single-hung style.)
Pros and cons of the double-hung window
Double-hung windows are the most popular window style. However, there are pros on cons to this type of window.
Homeowners choose double-hung windows for these reasons:
- Double-hung windows have a classic look and feel that go well with any home aesthetic – from classic style to contemporary style.
- Double-hung windows are easy to clean because each window sash tilts inside the home.
- Double-hung windows are popular choices for replacement windows. They are readily available and less expensive than many other window styles.
- They are a low-maintenance option and have a long lifespan.
- Double-hung windows fit air conditioners.
- Homeowners can leave the lower sashes closed to keep small children and pets from pushing against the screens while opening the upper sash for air infiltration.
Drawbacks of double-hung windows:
Casement windows open outward – like a door swinging outward from its hinged side. They are opened from a handheld crank on the interior base. When they are closed, a lever lock creates an air-tight seal.
Pros and cons of a casement window
Homeowners choose casement windows for these reasons:
- Casement windows work well in areas where it would be difficult to open and close a sliding window – such as over the kitchen sink.
- A casement window will offer an unobstructed outdoor view and more light.
- The cranking mechanism on a casement window is easy to use.
- Casement windows tend to have a slightly tighter seal than double and single-hung windows, making them a bit more energy efficient.
Drawbacks of casement windows:
- Casement window cranks sometimes fail over time.
- Casement windows are typically more expensive than hung windows.
- Screens are placed on the inside of a casement window.
Casement vs Double Hung: What is Your Preferred Replacement Window Style?
As you can see, there are pros and cons for both hung and casement windows. However, as you shop for new windows, choosing a window replacement company that offers quality windows rather than cheap alternatives is more important.
Are you ready to lower your energy bills and increase your curb appeal? Schedule a free consultation with Woodbridge Home Solutions. We serve homeowners in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Are you ready to replace all the windows in your home? We offer financing!