Double Hung Window Replacement
What Are Double Hung Windows?
Double hung windows, also called Sash Windows, are a standard choice for modern homes. They are easy to use, have a thin profile that gives you a contemporary look and maximum view, two sashes that usually slide up and down, and they are usually able to tilt for easy cleaning.
Benefits Of Double Hung Windows
Double hung windows are excellent. There are a lot of different types of windows, so it’s important to know the benefits of the window style that you’re interested in.
Double Hung Windows Pros
- Weather Tight Seal – Dual weather stripping keeps the outside, outside, and the inside, inside
- Easy To Clean – A tilt-in bottom sash that creates easy access into nooks and crannies
- Save On Energy – Energy efficient design
- Versatile Look – The flat exterior frame is convenient for lap siding or brick construction
- Low-maintenance – The vinyl never needs painting
- Ventilation – Can open top or bottom sash to create different airflow patterns
Double Vs Single Hung Windows
Double hung windows are typically more expensive because both the top hash and the bottom hash move. The fewer moving parts of the single hung window means less cost, which is typically why new home builders will often choose the single hung – to keep project prices low. Make sure you ask your window installer which they are installing.
On a single hung window only the bottom sash moves, and on a double hung window, both sashes move.
Double hung windows offer added ventilation, and make cleaning easier because you can tilt the windows to reach the exterior while you’re inside.
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Double Hung Window Repair
Most repairs done on windows are replacements of the balance springs (or just balancers). Those are often easy to repair, and can be done by you. To replace the springs, remove the bottom sash window and replace the springs. See the Milgard Balancer Replacement video for detailed installations.
When it comes to replacing glass for windows, it can be time consuming if you’re unfamiliar with the process. Breaking parts is also a possibility. Double and triple pane windows only add to the time, effort, and cost.
We suggest replacing the entire window or panel (sash) for fastest service.
Expert Window Contractors with Products You Can Trust
When it comes to replacement double hung windows, Lake Washington Windows & Doors recommends the Milgard or Andersen Windows
Milgard Windows & Doors is the largest window manufacturer in the West, and has a stellar reputation for quality and service. In fact, Milgard offers a full lifetime warranty for material and labor to you, our customer. This is one of the reasons why we have chosen to partner with Milgard Windows & Doors for replacement aluminum window products.
Andersen Windows & Doors is a renowned national brand of wood, clad-wood, and composite windows. For over 115 years, they’ve set high standards for the entire industry and, ultimately, has become America’s premier window manufacturer.
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Double Hung Window FAQs
Are double hung windows better than single hung?
Depending on the location of window double hung windows are better than single hung windows in terms of ease of cleaning, airflow, and being able to open both sashes. Single hung windows are better in terms of overall price, although not necessarily value.
Why use double hung windows?
Double hung windows should be used if you want more control over airflow. Opening both sashes halfway doubles the airflow of a single hung window.
Are double hung windows energy efficient?
Double hung windows can be very energy efficient.
Lake Washington Windows & Doors Service Areas
- Greater Seattle Area & King County (excluding Vashon)
- Pierce County
- South Snohomish County