Pros And Cons Of Double-Hung Replacement Windows

When shopping for a replacement window, several factors can come into play, including the frame type and how many panes of glass the window has. But the starting point is deciding what type of window you would like to install, as you are often not restricted to the same type of window that's being taken out. One of the most popular and common types of windows is the double-hung, which features two sashes that are stacked vertically. The lower sash lifts up and over the upper sash when opened.

What are the pros and cons of this type of classic replacement window?

Pro: Air Flow Versatility

Most double-hung windows an be opened to any degree you wish, from open a crack to fully open. This range of possible positions offers you customized levels of air flow, unlike the fully opened or shut window styles like casement. You can fully open either the top or bottom sash, which allows you to let hot air out the top section if needed.

The shape and opening style also makes the double-hung the perfect place for a window air conditioner unit during the hot summer months. If you don't have a central air conditioning unit, window units can prove vital to your comfort. And the double-hung window is one of the only window styles that can provide the security the unit needs to stay safely in place.

Pro: Easy to Maintain

Double-hung windows often fold inwards to make the outside panes easier to clean, which is especially helpful for upstairs windows that are otherwise hard to reach. The entirety of the glass and sill can usually be cleaned from inside your home.

Double-hung windows are also low on operating parts, which saves you from having to replace a crank or lever later on. Crank operated windows become unusable if the crank breaks or sticks, but a double hung will always open as long as you can push it up.

Con: Air Leaking

The stacking sashes allows for versatility, but can also allow air to leak in or out of your double-hung window. Make sure your window is well insulated to prevent a loss of energy efficiency. Choose a window with a wood or vinyl frame, at least two panes of glass, and an insulating gas filling for maximum results.

If leaking air is a major concern or you can't afford an efficient double-hung window, choose a window type with tight latches such as a casement window. Contact a windows replacement specialist to learn more.