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Single-Hung Vs. Double-Hung Windows

Single-Hung Vs. Double-Hung Windows

Confused between single-hung and double-hung windows? Learn the individual characteristics of these windows through this article and you'll be able to differentiate between the two without any difficulty.
DecorDezine Staff
Both, the single- and double-hung style of windows are traditionally American window treatments. Many people often get very confused when it comes to defining the two individually. Unless you see these windows with your eyes, you will not understand the definition of both these terms. However, once you read through this entire article, you'll be able to visualize both the types easily.
Basically, a single-hung window has a fixed sash on top of it, while the lower sash is movable. Mostly, it moves or slides vertically. On the other hand, a double-hung window has both options functional. This means, both the lower and upper sash of the window is capable of sliding or moving.
Difference Between Single-Hung and Double-Hung Windows
History As described earlier, a single-hung window has a fixed top sash, which does not move or slide. Only its lower section is functional. Historically, single-hung windows were invented first in the construction of a window pane. With advancements in manufacturing and materials, a double-hung window is now a replacement for the former.
Ventilation The ventilation aspect can vary from a petite crack to a complete one-half size opening of the entire glass area. Ventilation with single-hung windows is not so ideal as it is with the double-hung ones. Since both the sashes are functional and accessible in the latter, there is double scope for ventilation to take place.
Features The main feature is the sash. The only point where these two types split hair is which sash operates, the lower or upper. Since in the double-hung windows, the top and bottom both sashes can be lowered, these windows pose a better option.
Cleaning The design of double-hung windows is so easy and comfortable in terms of built, that by merely tilting the window inwards, the job of cleaning is over even before you realize it. For cleaning the single-hung sash, only the operable part can be cleaned and the fixed part would be left untouched. Unless you try some fancy ways to reach out to the window's exterior.
Benefits From all the points we have discussed until now, you must have realized that double-hung windows are a better alternative than single-hung ones. If you see in terms of cleaning, single-hung windows pose a time-consuming effort. In fact, your effort would be fruitless. Also, if you speak in terms of repair works, the convenience and skills used for double-hung window repair are far convenient compared to their single-hung counterparts. Thus, it is best to install and use a double-hung window.
Air Gaps A window's construction is supposed to usually have a high-quality safety control standard. So, ensuring the structure before fixing a window is our responsibility. In case of single-hung windows, there are already very less moving parts. Hence, air gaps and break loose issues are almost non-existent. The fixed window panels are extremely airtight and you can thus, rely on them. In case of double-hung windows, you are inviting these problems with open arms.
Budget Single-hung windows have hardly any moving parts, which makes their manufacturing easier and cheaper. For the same reason, they cost lesser than double-hung windows. However, you must remember that a double-hung window, even though it costs higher, offers double the benefits.
Warning and Security One minor consideration in the book of single-hung windows is it advances the insulation from its components. However, you may choose to go for quality and design, specially if you're trying to improve your home's aesthetics. In terms of security, nothing can beat the violation of the windows due to their 'glass' substance. But to have a secure locking system with functional mechanisms should be top priority. Both these types of windows have locking systems that are secured enough. Although a double-hung window has an extra lock attached to the built, it has two sashes to be protected.
Choosing one of these two types of window treatments has usually got to do more with design. Now that you know the individual differences between the two, you can take a call yourself.