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Double Hung Windows Replacement for Your Home

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Most of us are familiar with double hung windows because they are the most common window used in residential homes.

They add curb appeal, natural light, and the ability to ventilate a home without the use of an air conditioner.

A double hung window consists of to two sashes: one is fixed – meaning it doesn’t move – and one utilizes a sliding track to open and close.

They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are some of the most versatile replacement windows on the market.

The Pros and Cons of Double Hung Windows

The Pros of a Double Hung Window

Versatility
They can be used in any room in the house. While they may not be as charming as a Bay Window or Bow window, they are certainly very attractive and can be ordered in a variety of materials and colours.

Most vinyl windows can be ordered with trim colours that are close matches to the paint scheme on the exterior of your house.

Ventilation
A quality double hung window should be easy to open and close, which means you can enjoy a fresh breeze on warm days from spring until early fall. This can help to cut down on your utility bills, especially when windows are opposite one another, creating cross-ventilation.

Safety
Double hung windows can be a favourite for parents because you can choose which sash opens.

In most cases, people have the top sash as their fixed window and use the bottom sash to open/close the window. However, in a child’s room, these can be reversed.

This way, parents can open the top window for fresh air, without having to worry about little ones pushing through the screens, or going over the sill.

Easy to Clean
The newest double hung windows come with the ability to tilt-out the upper and lower sashes for easy reach-around cleaning.

Even better, ask us about pop-out sashes which can easily be removed and re-inserted for ultra-thorough cleaning.

The Cons of a Double Hung Window

Energy Efficiency
Double hung windows are more prone to air leaks, which can make them less energy efficient.

However, as modern window engineering continues to improve, a double hung window made from high-quality vinyl will be pretty energy efficient.

Ventilation
We know – we had this listed in the “Pros” as well. Ultimately, you can only get as much ventilation as one half of the window will provide. With larger windows, this is usually adequate.

But if you are looking for the most window ventilation possible, a double-hung window might not be the best choice – you may want to explore your casement window options.

If you are ready to replace a window in your home with double hung windows, make sure you know how to measure correctly, or come in and visit us. We will be happy to schedule an appointment to measure for replacement windows.

We can also tell you which type of window might be best for your particular space. Adding natural light, ventilation, and a view outside can transform any room in the house.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Call us at 1.877.579.1994 or click here to price your project. Come and see us for a Dan Good Deal at 199 Victoria Street South, Kitchener, ON N2G 2C1.