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Single Hung vs Double Hung Windows: What You Need to Know

It’s a common but important question: single hung vs double hung windows – what’s the difference?

At first glance, single hung and double hung windows look very similar, but there is one major difference. With a single hung, only one pane moves but with a double hung, both panes can be moved up or down. While this may seem like a subtle difference, it gives each style its own pros and cons.

If you’re thinking about replacing your windows with hung windows, you’ll need to understand how this small difference makes a big impact.

Cost Comparison

Due to this difference in moving parts, single hung windows generally cost a little less than double hung. This is because only half the window moves, so an installer can focus their attention on the seal around the window frame.

You’ll need to consider the convenience of having the option of using both panes before choosing a style. Is the extra cost worth it for you and your home?

Easy to Use, Easier to Clean

When it comes to ease of use, double hung windows win, hands down. Double hung can be adjusted and opened in more than one way, allowing more fresh air into your home. What’s more, they also feature a “tilt-in” design that gives you the ability to remove each pane for easy cleaning.

On the other hand, single hung windows only have one area that can be opened for airflow. As such, single hung windows also allow you to remove a pane, but only the operable sash. That means you’ll need to go outside to fully clean the exterior.

Double Hung Windows Offer More Window Styles

When it comes to your window replacement project, single as well as double hung windows offer a broader variety of styles, thanks to the wider variety of manufacturing options available today. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find a design that matches both your tastes and your home’s style.

What’s more, single hung windows are the classic options for more historic homes. Both double and single hung windows are available in vinyl, wood, or aluminum.

When it comes down to it, the choice between single and double hung windows will boil down to your own personal preferences and your budget. Think about these differences carefully and decide where your priorities are.

If you’re ready to make the move and add either single or double hung windows to your home, contact the Torwin Team for a free consultation! Our professional staff is ready to help you make your choice today!