Single & Double Hung Windows

Which is best for your individual situation?

What’s the Difference?

Now that you are ready to start the process of adding or replacing the windows throughout your home, there are several factors that should be considered. These include the overall price, the style, and the level of energy efficiency that you desire.

You will quickly discover that there are several features and styles to compare. Each comes with their own installation requirements and that should be considered, too.

In addition to all of this, you should become familiar with the types of windows that are most commonly chosen for residences.

The two most popular are single-hung windows and double-hung windows.

What’s the Difference Between Single-Hung Windows and Double-Hung Windows?

Before explaining the difference between the single-hung and the double-hung window, we feel it is important to first provide an overview of the term, “hung”. This word describes the number of the operable sashes of a window.

Both the single-hung and the double-hung window options available have a total of two sashes. The difference is, the upper sash situated on a single-hung window is stationary and the upper sash on the double-hung window is operable. While it may seem like only a minor difference, that single differences result in numerous differences on each type of window in terms of the performance and the overall level of functionality.

General Performance and Functionality

The following outlines the main performance and functionality differences between the single-hung window and the double-hung window:

  1. In terms of ventilation, the single-hung window has a bottom sash that may be opened to allow air in whereas the double-hung window has two sashes that may be open for air flow. The cool air comes in through the bottom, and the warm air is expelled through the top sash.
  2. Single-hung windows are a bit more challenging to clean. It is the top exterior area that makes it challenging because it cannot tilt in. This is even more challenging when placed on second floors or higher. The double-hung window is easier to clean because both the top and the bottom sash may be tilted so that the inside and the outside surfaces may be thoroughly cleaned.
  3. Single-hung windows are relatively inexpensive. Double-hung windows cost a little bit more.

The Single-Hung Window

Single-hung windows are considered to be a highly enduring style that is often chosen as the standard choice for new homes, commercial buildings, and even apartments. These are considered one of the most cost-effective of all window choices.

If you are in search of a window that will preserve the authenticity of a historical home, to enhance the appearance of your home, and one that is relatively cheap to purchase, the single-hung window is for you. These are the perfect choice for first floors and homes that are built low to the ground.

The Double-Hung Window

The double-hung window with its top operational sash offers the highest level of flexibility for the rooms in which they are placed. These are distinctly different from single-hung windows, in terms of general maintenance.

These are the optimal choice for homes that have more than one story in height and perfectly accommodate certain types of architectural designs. Examples include the Cape Cod, the Craftsman, the Colonial, and the Victorian. Furthermore, these are ideal options for homes that have ventilation issues because the operable sashes aid in the circulation of the indoor air.

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Contact Us Today

If you are in search of innovation, inspirational designs, and exceptional levels of detail, contact us at Chattahoochee Windows today.

We offer a broad selection of carefully-crafted single-hung and double-hung windows for your home. When you give us a call, be certain to inquire about our amazing “Wrap Around Warranty”.

Get in touch today and one of our home design specialists will work closely with you to determine the best type of windows for your needs: 770-904-9909

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