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What is the Difference Between Double-Hung and Casement Windows?

What is the Difference Between Double-Hung and Casement Windows?

Window replacement is one of the smartest decisions you can make as a homeowner. If you think it takes too much time or has too high of a price tag, think again. New windows will add long-term value, boost energy efficiency, reduce outside noise, and enhance your home. If you are considering upgrading your home with some beautiful replacement windows, there are many types to choose from. Two options that will look great in almost every house are double-hung windows and casement windows.

What is a double-hung window?

A double-hung window slides both up and down vertically. These windows are made of two sections called sashes. The bottom sash slides up, and the top sash slides down, which creates airflow in two spots. This differs from single-hung windows because only the bottom sash slides up while the top sash remains fixed.

What is a casement window?

A casement window opens much differently than a double-hung window. In fact, it opens like a door. With hinges on one side, you can use the handle that opens the window toward the home's exterior. Casement windows are made of just one sash rather than two sashes. Casement windows give an unobstructed view outside, which most people enjoy.

How do I decide between double-hung and casement windows?

Either window style is a great option; the primary decision comes down to personal preference. If you like having an unobstructed view (like a picture window), then casement windows might be most appealing to you. You can get that picture window look with the bonus of being able to open the window, too. You can even use double casement windows if you have ample window space. Casement windows in a large room could be placed side-by-side and open outward with a gorgeous, symmetrical look. (Imagine a French door).

If you have a window in a place that is tough to reach, perhaps above the kitchen sink, you might consider a casement window. It's easier to grab the handle rather than trying to lean over and slide up a window sash.

Screen placement is another difference between double-hung windows and casement windows. Casement windows contain screens on the inside of the glass rather than the outside like double-hung windows do. Screens on the inside are usually cleaner and last longer, but the outside and inside of your glass can get dirty easier.

Cleaning can be a breeze with either type of window. It isn't an issue to clean the interior glass on either window style. To clean the exterior glass on a casement window, you must crank it open and slide your hand through to clean. It might be somewhat tricky to reach all areas, but cleaning from the outside is always an option. A double-hung window, on the other hand, is made so that the entire sash can be tilted inward to make cleaning the exterior glass simpler.

Double-hung windows and casement windows will provide more energy efficiency to your home. Windows are often found to be the culprit when you discover your home is losing or gaining air from either the inside or the outside. New, secure windows will allow you to save money on your utility bills and give your heating and cooling units a much-needed break.

Both styles of replacement windows will add value to your home. Easier cleaning, better energy efficiency, and much lower maintenance are many reasons to consider replacing windows. Your home can be classically designed or modern; either way, double-hung windows or casement windows are fantastic options and an excellent home investment.

If you want to look into having replacement windows professionally installed, contact Expo Home Improvement or come by our showroom today. Our windows are not only of the highest quality, but they're also made in the United States and backed by a limited lifetime warranty on labor, workmanship, frames, and glass.