Double-Hung vs. Single-Hung Windows

| 9 July 2018

It’s not every day that you go shopping for new windows because most are built to last 10 years or longer. Homeowners don’t often purchase windows, and some have never had to purchase them at all. Purchasing replacement windows is an important task, and when the time comes you may find it may take some research and understand the different window types, the features and benefits. Many people don’t realize how many options there are to choose from, and are overwhelmed when they begin shopping for new windows.

 Double-hung Vs. Single-hung Windows

Various types of windows have different functionalities primarily with the way they work to ventilate the home, their energy efficiency, security features, and their look. Depending on the room, you may want to consider different window types to best suit your preference.

Not sure where to begin with your window shopping? Here are the main types of windows, and everything you need to know about them.

Double-Hung and Single-Hung Vinyl Windows


Double or single-hung windows you could think of as your classic colonial-style windows. The main difference is that with double-hung windows, both top and bottom sashes move to open vertically whereas on a single-hung window, only the bottom sash opens.

Double-hung windows offer superior ventilation capabilities. When the bottom sash is open, it allows cool air from the outside to flow into the home while opening the top sash will allow warm air from indoors to ventilate outwards from the home. It provides a natural cooling effect for any room where a double-hung window is installed.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Double or single-hung vinyl windows require minimal maintenance and are built to last. It’s a major benefit for homeowners who aren’t looking to add to the cost of the windows over the long term. It’s nice to have windows that look and function like new for years to come. What makes them so easy to clean is that they are designed in a way that you can clean the exterior of the windows from inside the house. The tilt out sash makes window cleaning easily accessible. For most people, this is the main selling feature for them because they won’t need to consider the cost for exterior window cleaning services over the next decade, nor will they have to risk climbing on a wobbly ladder to clean their windows.


You can rely on double and single hung windows to provide you with the peace of mind of knowing your windows are secure. Double or single-hung windows offer a high level of security, they seal airtight and are fully lockable making it quite difficult for anyone to get through from the outside without having to break the window.

Double or Single-Slider Tilt Vinyl Windows


Double-slider tilt windows function by both sashes smoothly sliding horizontally and tilting to open. Single-slider styles have one fixed and one operating sash. If you’re looking for the best window type to provide an unobstructed view of outside, these just might be the window type for you. Large slider windows when open, offer an unobstructed view of the outside while providing the room with the perfect backdrop with a view of your yard. The double slider tilt vinyl replacement windows also offer excellent ventilation, since they provide the most natural light.

Cleaning and Maintenance

If you’re wondering if a particular window requires more or less cleaning and maintenance, consider the moving parts of the window. The fewer moving parts, the less cleaning and maintenance the window will need on a regular basis. You will find that double or single slider tilt windows have fewer moving parts than most window types, making them one of the most practical window types for homeowners.

Having less moving parts simply means with professional installation done right, you can expect these windows to last many years without needing replacement parts. The fact that the window can tilt to open allows easy access to clean the exterior from inside, another bonus for homeowners to reduce the cost for professional window cleaners.


These windows having fewer mechanical parts only mean that they close, tighten, seal, and lock with much ease providing much-needed security for your home. You can ask a sales representative about built-in safety latches just to add that extra layer of security on your home. These windows can also be made available as a double slider lift out which is ideal for locations where egress capabilities from the window are needed. Such as a ground floor bedroom or basement. With this option, the panels slide and lift out of the frame, as opposed to tilting into the room making it a viable escape route in the event of an emergency.

No matter what window type you choose, you’ll want energy-efficient replacement windows. Look for the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR is a government-backed organization that identifies the most energy-efficient products in a variety of industries, such as the window replacement industry. Buying ENERGY STAR-certified products and appliances will reduce energy consumption in your home. Although windows and doors do not consume energy, they can be a significant source of energy loss in your home or business. ENERGY STAR certified replacement window models can save you an average of 8% on your energy bills.

When choosing new windows for your home, just remember every window type has its own set of features and benefits, it really comes down to what kind of ventilation you want for your home including the ease and comfort that each window provides. If you’re looking for replacement windows, call Landmark Home Solutions today at 905-646-8995 or contact us here.

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