All About Double-Hung Windows

All About Double-Hung Windows

The most iconic type of window is easily a single and double-hung window. Keep reading to learn what makes them such a great window, how they are different from other windows, and discover which window is best for you.


At first glance, double-hung and single-hung windows look the same. However, the differences come down to something other than appearance - moving parts. You see, the sash holds the glass, and both types of windows have a sash at the top and bottom. A single-hung window only involves the bottom sash moving; a double-hung window allows both of the sashes to move.

Double-Hung Window Pros

A lot of people prefer double-hung windows. There are several reasons for this. For one, they are very easy to clean. The way these windows tilt makes cleaning them easy and effective. This is especially useful if your windows are high off the ground on the outside. You can easily clean both sides of a double-hung window from the inside of the house. Double-hung windows also allow more airflow.

Single-hung Window Pros

Others prefer single-hung windows simply because they are cheaper than the double-hung variation. Many also believe that a single-hung window is not as prone to creating a draft as the double-hung window. All windows are required to be somewhat sealed before entering the market; however, since only one sash moves on a single-hung window, less wear and tear is done. Single-hung windows may last longer because of this. This also means that a single-hung window will be better at keeping out the elements.

One additional reason to choose a double-hung window is if you have children. You can open the upper sash while leaving the lower sash closed, keeping children away from the opening.

Regardless of which type of window you decide is right for you, Allen Commercial Door can help provide what you need. We carry a wide range of window materials and styles. If you have any questions regarding the specifics of what we carry, do not hesitate to give us a call. We would love to help!

By Allen Commercial Door & Specialty Hardware 2-15-2021