Single-Hung Vs. Double-Hung Windows: Which Should You Choose

| 27 March 2017

Because your windows are such an essential and non-negotiable part of your home, you want to make sure that you have carefully thought and planned out the installation, and what kind of windows will serve you and your family best. The two most common types of windows on the market are single- and double- hung windows. If you are debating the pros and cons of each and aren’t quite sure what makes sense for you, below are some of the up and downsides of both double- and single-hung window installation for you to consider.

The Pros And Cons Of Single- And Double-Hung Windows

Opening and closing. A double-hung window allows you to open both the top and bottom sashes, while a single-hung window will only allow you to move a single sash.

Cost of installation. One of the main benefits of a single-hung window installation is that it is generally less expensive to put in than double-hung windows. This is because single-hung windows typically don’t come with as much hardware and they only have the one operable sash. Single-hung windows run the gambit from $100 to $250 and beyond.

Durability. Your single-hung window’s durability is largely dependent on what kind of material it is made from. Wood is not as durable as fibreglass, and requires more maintenance and provides less insulation than vinyl.

Ease of maintenance. You will have to clean your single-hung window several times a year, and because of the single sash, it is more difficult to clean than a double-hung window. Unlike double-hung windows, which can be cleaned from the inside, a single-hung window must be cleaned from the outside. This complicates things when your single-hung windows are not on the ground floor.

Energy efficiency. Perhaps one of the biggest draws that pulls people towards single-hung window installation is that they are typically slightly more energy efficient than their double hung counterparts. This is, again, due to the fact that only one of the sashes can be opened, meaning that there are fewer opportunities for air entry and escape.

Single- and double-hung windows come with compromises that you have to be willing to make. If you are looking for something more stylish, and more functional, you might have to sacrifice some energy efficiency and spend more money on the installation. If, on the other hand, you want something that costs less to install, and saves you more on energy, you might have to settle for something that is more difficult to clean, and which doesn’t look as elegant.

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