Are you in the market to buy replacement windows for your home? One aspect you may be stuck on is if you need single- or double-hung windows. Here is what you should know about these two types of windows.
What Is The Difference Between Single- And Double-Hung Windows?
When a window is described as being either single- or double-hung, it is referring to the window's ability to open from the top and the bottom. A single-hung window is going to have a top pane that is fixed in position, so you are only able to open the bottom portion of the window. A double-hung window allows both window panes to open, so you have the option of opening the window from the top if desired.
Both single- and double-hung windows have the option to add the ability to tilt the window inward. This makes it very easy to clean the outside glass of your window because the pane tilts inward and gives you easy access.
Why Would You Want Single-Hung Windows?
Don't assume that a double-hung window is automatically the better option because of how it operates. Homeowners that select single-hung windows like that the window performs better than a double-hung window due to how the windowpane is positioned within the track. It forms a better seal that can make a difference in terms of energy efficiency. The window frame of a single-hung window is also very narrow, so you have more glass and less frame in the same size window.
Why Would You Want Double-Hung Windows?
A double-hung window has a lot of benefits from having two movable window panes. It allows you to safely open the window if you have kids or pets in your home since they cannot press against the window screen when it is open from the top. A double-pane window that tilts inward also makes it very easy to clean the window, since both window panes will tilt inward, making it easy to access.
It is also possible to create air circulation with a double-hung window by opening both windows to the middle portion of the window frame. Hot air can escape through the top of the window while cool air leaves through the bottom of the window.
Are you still not sure what kind of window you want? Reach out to a window contractor for more information about which type will be right for your replacement windows.