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Single Hung vs. Double Hung Windows


Single and double hung windows are two of the most popular – and traditional – windows on the market.

They are a solution for adding both natural light and ventilation to any room and come in a wide variety of sizes – from small bathroom or hallway niches, to large windows which serve to highlight the outdoor landscape. The differences between them comes down to price and function.

What is the difference between a single hung and double hung window?

Single Hung Windows – these windows consist of two window sashes. The upper sash is permanently “fixed,” so it doesn’t move, and the lower sash can be moved up and down.

Double Hung Windows – these windows also have two window sashes but in this case, the top sash can move down and the bottom sash can move up, which provides increased air-flow.

There are advantages and disadvantages to each window type, but the four things you will see mentioned most often are in regards to price, ventilation quality, energy efficiency, and cleaning.

In general, a single hung window will be cheaper than a double hung window. They involve less movable parts and, over the lifetime of the window, they will require less maintenance.

When you really break down the cost analysis in terms of energy efficiency (which we’ll discuss later), you will benefit from an increase in energy savings, varying on the climate and time of year. [Read more…]

Awning Windows for Your Home


It’s raining, it’s pouring…you think, “I wish I could just crack a window.” So you do. Then you guiltily close it again as water accumulates on the sill.

This scenario exemplifies why awning windows are so great; because they are hinged at the top and swing outward, you can still get a little fresh air, even when it’s raining out.

This is just one of the benefits of an awning window.

What are Awning Windows?
Awning windows are a member of the “casement window” family. Rather than being hung/hinged from the side, they are a top hung window which open outwards from the bottom.

Depending on the style of awning window you choose, you may use a turn crank or simply push them. In most cases, they are also smaller than a traditional window. You often see them in a series running along the top of a room, or above patio doors.

Pros and Cons to Awning Window


Ventilation through the rain
As mentioned above, being able to open your windows, even just a crack, when it’s raining can be so refreshing. The downward angle will keep the rain running off the windows to the ground below.

Of course, you need to exercise caution if it’s breezy or windy to protect your home from interior moisture damage. They are an affordable choice for basements and attics where a little ventilation is always appreciated. [Read more…]

Single Hung Windows for Your Home


Single hung windows are what most people would consider, “the traditional window.” They were the most common residential window installation until the 1990s.

Now they are being usurped by the popularity of the double-hung window, although they still offer many advantages.

What is a Single Hung Window?

A single hung window consists of two window panes; the first is permanently fixed (meaning it doesn’t open or close) and the second one moves up/down to allow for ventilation. It’s that fixed panel which has created a demand for double hung windows.

However the fixed panel can also offer advantages such as safety in a child’s bedroom, a better seal, more protection from the elements, etc.

Pros and Cons of Installing Single Hung Windows

The Pros

Energy efficiency
While it might be nice to have the option of opening both window panes, it also means the seal won’t be quite as good and, over time, your seals may continue to weaken. [Read more…]