Double-Hung Windows vs Casement Windows: Two Good Home Replacement Window Solutions to Consider

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Planning a Windows Replacement in NC or VA?

Have you finally come to the conclusion that it’s time to replace some older home windows in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Durham, Raleigh, Mooresville, Roanoke, Danville, Martinsville, or elsewhere in NC or VA? If so, that’s a good call. Modern replacement windows offer many benefits and advantages, like improved energy efficiency, smoother operation, easier cleaning & maintenance, and more safety features. Oh, and they look great, too!

But which style of windows should you be considering? It’s hard to go wrong with the classic double-hung design, but that’s certainly not your only option. Perhaps you’d be interested in an operable window that doesn’t simply raise and lower. To that end, casement windows are certainly worth a look, too. Let’s examine some of the key features of each.

Double-Hung Windows: Design & Features

Double-hung windows are the most common type of windows you’ll find in homes all across America. This style delivers a traditional, top-and-bottom rectangular window look, and each individual window is typically divided into an arrangement of smaller rectangular grids. Double-hung windows are often confused with single-hung windows since they look essentially the same. The main difference between the two is that the older single-hung window design features a fixed top sash, while both the top and bottom windows are fully operable with double-hung windows.

Double-hung windows can be found in a wide range of styles and designs and come in vinyl, wood, aluminum, combination-clad frames, and more. In addition to having two movable sashes, another distinctive of modern double-hung windows is that they can also be tilted inwards for greater ease of access and cleaning. And with the double pane and triple pane options that are now available, the energy efficiency of double-hung windows has been greatly improved, as well.

Casement Windows: Design & Features

Looking for something besides a vertically operable window? There’s a lot to like about the orientation of casement windows, too. Casement windows are somewhat similar to double-hung windows in that the window frame is built around a glass panel. Casement windows don’t always include grids, but that feature can certainly be added if that’s a look you like.

But the key difference in the casement window design is this. Instead of lifting and shutting vertically, a casement window is placed on side hinges which enable it to be opened inwards or outwards – most will typically swing out. Casement windows are generally operated with the simple turn of a hand crank. They’re pretty easy to open and close, and they generally require less maintenance than other comparable window styles. As is the case with double-hung windows, casement windows come in an equal variety of frame material options and are also available in both single-frame and double-casement arrangements.

Casement windows are especially useful for those harder-to-reach locations, including above a kitchen sink or laundry area. In addition, they’re included in many bay window configurations. With a bay window, the central windows are typically fixed, while the windows on either side can be fully-operable casements.

The fact that casement windows open and close so easily is one of their most popular features among homeowners. This makes casement windows great for homes with children, senior adults, or those with some special physical limitations. Another thing to like about casements? As long as they’re sealed properly, these windows are known to be very energy-efficient, and modern casement window products are much better insulated than prior iterations.

Skywalker Offers and Installs a Full Selection of Quality Casement and Slider Windows in NC & VA

So, which style of windows – double-hung or casement – is better for your home window replacement needs? That really depends upon what window space you have available and upon your personal tastes in terms of window operability and orientation. But no matter what your preferences are, Skywalker Windows & Siding provides a nice selection of quality double-hung and casement window products from top manufacturers, including ProVia, West Window Corporation, Pella, and VinylMax. All of our double-hung and casement window offerings can be customized with a variety of frame materials, styles, glazing, grid, and hardware options.

And no matter which style of window you’re considering, it’s every bit as important to choose a local windows contractor who provides the best installation workmanship. If you’re located in the NC Piedmont Triad, NC Piedmont Triangle, Mooresville, and Lake Norman area, or southern Virginia, nobody takes better care of you than Skywalker!

We’re one of the highest-rated, most-trusted home improvement providers serving North Carolina and Virginia. As our name suggests, Skywalker Windows & Siding provides exceptional windows replacements and siding replacements. Got some other home improvement needs? We offer many more valuable services, too. We can take care of everything from roofing to gutters, to exterior doors, to blown insulation, to porch and deck additions.

We’d be glad to schedule your FREE on-site inspection and personal consultation. Just give us a call today at (336) 627-5596, and experience the Skywalker difference for yourself! Let’s get started on your perfect windows or other home improvement solution.

Luke Wilson

Luke Wilson

Owner - Skywalker Windows and Siding

Luke Wilson started working on roofs with his dad when he was a teenager, and eventually launched Skywalker Roofing in 2003. Skywalker operates in 5 locations across NC & VA, and now includes windows, siding, and other exterior services. Luke also hosts the popular Roofing Mythbusters series on YouTube.


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