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Double-hung and Single-Hung, What’s the Difference?

Which Window is for You, Single-Hung or Double-Hung

One of the great questions of the modern window industry is “What’s the difference between Single and Double-hung windows?” Fortunately, the window experts at Community Builders of Oklahoma City are here to provide the answer to this profound question. We’ll even go so far as to compare how the two stack up against each other. Both windows are fairly comparable to one another in terms of popularity but we believe that Oklahoma City homeowners should know the difference. That way you can understand the reasons behind their popularity and make an informed decision of which is best for you.

The Weigh-in: The General Specs

Single-Hung windows operate on a vertical slide and consist of at least two panes of glass. More than two panes can be seen with double and triple pane options. There are two sashes, a bottom and a top. The key is that only the bottom sash is moveable as it operates vertically to slide up and down.

Double-Hung windows are similar in appearance to single-hung but are fairly different with regards to operation. They are still comprised of a top and bottom sash but both are moveable. Each sash has the operability of sliding up and down. An outstanding feature is that each sash features a tilt-in motion to make cleaning very easy.

The Battle of Window Styles

  • Affordability: Of the two, single-hung windows are more affordable. This is because it has less working parts and a quicker installation decreases the cost of labor. Also, they typically come in standard sizes as fixed units so they require less effort to install in a pre-existing space. Double-hung windows require more effort as each sash requires its own installation check. The installation is also more labor intensive due to heavier weight and precise seating requirements.
  • Energy Efficiency: Both window styles are great at increasing your home’s energy performance. However, there is a clear winner when it comes to their energy efficiency. Single-hung performs better simply because of its fixed window pane. One less operable part equals one less area where energy loss can occur. This gives single-hung windows a large advantage, though double-hung windows have advanced some in this department.
  • Security: Most would expect single-hung windows to be more secure since they have one less opening. Most would be wrong because double-hung windows take this round. The stronger frame used to support the extra weight and parts adds structural integrity. Double-hung windows also have more locking mechanisms for extra security, including locks for each sash and vent latches to keep either sash from opening too far.
  • Maintenance: The incorrigible double-hung window once again takes this round. Cleaning is made extremely easy because of the tilt-in sashes that double-hung possesses. Some may worry about maintenance because of the increased number of moving parts. However, this is hardly a concern since our double-hung windows are easily operable and solidly constructed with high-quality materials to reduce the chance of a mechanical breakdown.

Window Battle Tie-Breaker?

The above information seems to convey a tie. Though there is no clear answer to which window is better, there is no reason to fret. Choosing between the two styles is something that is left to the homeowner’s discretion. Some may be able to absorb the extra expense of double-hung and enjoy the benefits they offer. Other homeowners may prefer the energy-efficiency provided by single-hung windows. The decision will most likely boil down to the intangibles. No matter which window you choose, you can count on Community Builders of Oklahoma City to provide you with exceptional quality and installations. Contact us today to learn about our other window options!

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