Single hung and double hung windows are two of the most popular window styles in the world, but make no mistake, they are anything but equal. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to have difficulty choosing, but you’re in luck. Here’s a rundown of why double hung windows are the better choice.
It’s easier to clean and maintain – Single hung windows have a fixed upper sash that can be difficult to clean, especially when installed in upper-level rooms, and even with the lower sash tilted. Cleaning the outside upper part involves having to reach under the opened sash, which could result in inefficient cleaning. Double hung windows, on the other hand, have two sashes that can be tilted for easy and efficient cleaning.
It’s more secure – Double hung windows, by design, have stronger frames than their single hung counterparts to accommodate the weight and daily operation of both sashes. This additional strength allows double hung windows to better withstand strong winds. Double hung windows also have two separate sets of window locks, offering increased security and peace of mind.
It offers better ventilation – Room ventilation is more effective when there are two openings: an outlet that pushes stale air out of the room and an inlet that lets fresh air in. Experts recommend opening two windows or choosing a window replacement like a bay window for effective ventilation. Achieve the same effect with a double hung window, however, by opening both sashes and leaving an opening at the top and another at the bottom—something that can’t be done with a single hung window.
It’s energy-efficient – Typically, single hung windows are more energy-efficient because of the fixed upper sash. But Renewal by Andersen® double hung windows outperform single hung windows in terms of energy efficiency, with the combination of Fibrex® material frames, High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass, and our superior installation process. Plus, our industry-leading limited warranties will ensure you’ll enjoy your Renewal by Andersen replacement windows for a long time.
Renewal by Andersen® of Houston serves Houston, TX and nearby areas. To know more about the benefits of our double hung windows, call us today at (281) 547-6177 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free estimate.