Double hung windows are becoming more and more popular. You can get them in vinyl, wood or metal frames and they are simple to replace and clean. The difference between double hung and single hung windows is simple. A double hung window is able to operate from either the top or bottom section of glass, while a single hung window is only able to operate from the bottom section. This may seem like a small thing, but if you've ever tried to clean the outside of your windows you will see the value in this. Double hung windows are more expensive than single hung windows, but they offer amenities that single do not.
Cleaning and Accessibility
Double hung windows offer the unique cleaning benefit of being able to clean the windows form the inside of the home. You can rotate the windows in and clean both sides of both the upper and lower levels of the window. You can also choose to have a full screen or a half screen, and the screen can be mounted on the inside or outside of the window.
Ventilation and Safety
Double hung windows offer you the opportunity to open only the top portion of the window. This can be great to help the cross ventilation in the home and to decrease your energy costs. One thing that you can do is to open the top and the bottom of the window at the same time. This allows for warm air to escape from the top window, while cooler air is brought in through the lower window. Another benefit of double hung windows is the safety factor. You can have the windows open all day and not need to worry about little ones pushing on the screen and falling out of the windows. Single hung windows will not give you this option.
Construction of Double Hung Windows
As stated, double hung windows can be made out of many different materials. This allows them to be used in new construction as well as for replacement windows. Double hung windows are aesthetically pleasing and can be used on most all styles of homes. Double hung windows are constructed with 2 or 3 layers of glass. This, along with the gas that is placed between the pieces of glass is what helps to keep the windows at peak energy efficiency.
Installing Double Hung Windows
Installation of double hung windows is no different than installing other traditional windows. You will need to have a good frame and a proper moisture barrier. After you have these two things then you can install the windows easily. Once installed the newer models of double hung windows use springs to keep opening and closing them easier. You can also create any look that you would like on the interior and the exterior of the home. You can use siding, brick, stone, shingles, trim or any other building material to give the look that you want to your home.
Double hung windows are one of the oldest types of window that is still widely available. Sure, the style has changed a bit over the years but they still have all of the same properties that the original models had. With modern improvements they actually have become one of the most energy efficient of all window styles on the market.