The single-hung and double-hung windows might look the same from afar since they are both vertical-sliding windows with an upper and lower sash, but both still have specific differences. Both designs, although remain classic through time, also have some notable pros and cons that pay to be taken note of. Thoroughly understanding the difference between the two will also help you choose which one you would prefer as a window replacement more easily.
One of the main differences lies in how they function. Their sash, which is a square or rectangular frame containing the window glass, is a bit different from the other. With single-hung windows, only the bottom sash can be moved and opened and not the upper one. On the other hand, the upper and lower sashes of double-hung windows can both be moved and tilted.
This brings us to the next difference between the two, the ease of cleaning. Since the single-hung window has an immovable upper sash, this also means that it’s a lot harder to clean its lower sash. The lower sash cannot be tilted inwards so it’s hard to wash it from the inside of the house. The bottom sash also partially obstructs the upper sash. That is why the only way you can reach it is if you do the cleaning from the outside of the house.
In contrast, both the upper and lower sashes of double-hung windows can easily be cleaned for they can be tilted inwards. It doesn’t matter if the windows are ground-level or are located at the upper-level; they can still be easily cleaned from the inside of the house.
Homeowners also have more control when it comes to adjusting the airflow with double-hung windows. One can adjust airflow by opening either one of the upper or lower sashes or even both of them halfway at the same time. This way, one can control his preferred airflow. For houses with little kids, having double-hung windows permits you to close the lower sash for safety purposes while still opening the upper one to keep the air flowing. However, the same couldn’t be said for single-hung windows. Single-hung windows have lesser ventilation and allow less control over airflow since one sash is stationary.
This might be the case, but there are still homeowners who still prefer single-hung windows for they are known for their longevity, ease of installation and being more weather resistant. Single-hung windows are one of the most common types in the US. They are also believed to be more energy efficient because it has less probability of a poor air seal and usually seals better than double-hung windows. Most double-hung windows also cost up to 75% more than single-hung.
No matter the case, everything still boils down to the preference of the homeowner himself. It is always a good idea to call a trusted company that can help you decide on what will be the best option for a window replacement for your home while providing you guidance along the way.
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