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Posted on May 15, 2015 by Sam Heer

Part 1: Double Hungs, Casements, and Sliding Windows: How are they different? – Double Hung Windows

Selecting a window for your home involves considering multiple factors to ensure you are investing in the right choice. Out of these factors, one of them is operation type, which dictates how a window is used. In this blog series, we are going to talk about three major window designs with different operation types, starting with the double hung window.

What is it?

This type of window involves two sashes sliding vertically. Both sashes are operable meaning they can both be opened, allowing you to create openings depending on your ventilation needs. You can also control how big the openings will be but in many cases they can be as big as one of the sashes. Just slide a sash up or down to operate and tilt as preferred.

It’s a great choice if…

  • You want to replace decades-old windows without affecting the overall traditional appeal of your home (Double hung windows work well with American Farmhouse, Craftsman, Georgian Federal, Queen Anne, and Ranch home styles.)
  • You prefer classic window styles (Double hungs have been around for decades, proving a timeless design works)
  • You require insect protection (Double hung windows can accommodate insect screens easily)
  • You favor maintenance ease (Double hungs tilt, making it possible to clean both sides of the window from inside your home)
  • You’re due to replace single hung windows (Double hung windows essentially operate in the same way, simplifying the transition to new windows for you)

Because of the advantages a double hung window can offer, it remains to be one of the most popular window styles around. Choose energy-efficient glass options and double hung windows gain the added benefit of helping keep energy costs down for your home by stabilizing temperatures in indoor environments. Get your double hung windows from a reputable manufacturer and you also enjoy a reliable warranty coverage reflecting the window’s quality.

Now that we’re done with double hung windows, let’s move on to casements. Head on over to Part 2 of our three-part blog series to learn more!


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