Double-hung windows are the most common type of windows found in U.S. homes today. These are top-and-bottom rectangular windows with a fairly traditional look when closed. Unlike the older single-hung window design which includes a fixed top sash, with double-hung windows both the top and bottom windows can be raised and lowered.
Double-hung windows are a bit more expensive than single-hung, due in large part to the fact that they’re engineered with more moving parts. They are available in a wide range of styles and designs, and can be found in vinyl, wood, aluminum, and combination clad frames. In addition to having two movable sashes, another distinctive of double-hung windows is that they can also be tilted inwards for greater ease of access and cleaning.
Here are a few more key features of double-hung windows:
If you choose a quality double-hung window product like those found in the Pella 250 series (for example), your windows come with even more specialized feature options. The integrated sash lift makes raising and lowering your windows simple. Cam-action locks pull the sashes against the weatherstripping for a tighter, more energy-efficient seal. You can also opt for autolock hardware which automatically locks the window when shut, for greater security. Vent stops can be engaged to restrict how far the window will open, and the opening control device can be utilized to allow for greater ventilation, or for emergency escape and rescue. Modern double-hung windows like those in the Pella 250 series also come standard with low-E glass in both double-pane and triple-pane options. You can also opt for advanced insulating, tinted glass, extra UV protection, or tempered glass, if you prefer.
In the long run, a double-hung window is a better option for almost every homeowner. The ability to tilt both sashes really makes these windows easier to clean and maintain. This can save you money in the long run, as it prevents you from needing to pay expensive window cleaning companies to address your otherwise difficult-to-reach windows. Double-hung windows are also particularly handy for rooms that require extra ventilation. For example, opening both sashes in the bathroom can help to equalize humidity levels, reduce the risk of mildew growth, and air out any unpleasant odors.
At Skywalker Windows & Siding, we are happy to provide double-hung windows from quality manufacturers like Pella, ProVia, and West Window Corporation. Double-hung windows really are a superior design to single-hung windows, and they continue to be a popular choice among the many families and businesses we serve in NC and VA.
No matter what type of material or style of product you’re considering for your window replacement though, Skywalker has several high-quality product options to meet and even exceed your expectations. More importantly, we also have all the needed tools, know-how, and experience to offer you the very best window installation services. If you have any questions, or you’re ready to get started, reach out to us today! We’d love to have the opportunity to show you the Skywalker difference!
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