If it’s time to purchase replacement windows for your home, it would be wise to do some homework before contacting your local window company for a free consultation. You might feel more confident making your decision if you know the basics about window styles and vocabulary.

Let’s begin your window education by discussing the difference between single and double-hung windows.

Single vs. Double Hung Windows: FAQs

What is the key difference between a single hung and double hung window?

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The key difference between single-hung and double-hung windows is how each sash moves.

Envision a typical bedroom window that has a top panel and bottom panel. Each of these panels is called a “sash.” 

In a single hung window, the bottom sash goes up or tilts in to let in the fresh air, and the top sash stays in place. 

In a double-hung window, the bottom and top sash can go up and down and tilt in. 

What are the cost differences between a single hung window and double hung?

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The cost differences between a single-hung window and a double-hung window depend on several factors –including the brand, materials, and size. But generally, a single hung window is less expensive. This is because there are fewer moving parts, so it costs less to construct a single-hung window. 

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How to choose between single or double hung windows

When it’s time for a window replacement, you can replace your original window with one that is a different window style. Besides the cost difference, here are other factors to consider when selecting your new window style.

Ease of Cleaning

Generally speaking, it’s easier to clean double-hung windows. Most of the time, both sashes of double-hung windows tilt inside. This means the homeowner would have access to both sides of the glass, making cleaning easier. 

In single-hung windows, the upper sash is stationary. This means you must be outside for window cleaning, which may be difficult on a two-story house. However, it may not matter as much if you purchase them for a ground-level room. 

Air Flow

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When properly functioning, both window types can open to let in a cool breeze. However, you can open both operable sashes halfway simultaneously with a double-hung version. This means that you can ventilate the hot air out of the house through the top, while the bottom sash allows for air circulation.

Energy Efficiency

Comparing the energy efficiency of single vs. double-hung windows may be tricky. After all, it depends on the brand, the frame material, and the installation. However, double-hung windows are generally slightly less efficient than single-hung windows. 

Do You Need New Windows? Contact Woodbridge Home Solutions

The windows you purchase from Woodbridge Home Solutions are locally made and expertly installed. Whether you are interested in increasing the property value of your home before a sale or improving the curb appeal and efficiency of your home, schedule an appointment with Woodbridge Home Solutions to obtain a free quote.