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The style of your windows can add curb-appeal to your home. Your windows provide functionality and finding the right look goes beyond showiness. You want your home to be beautiful and with the right windows, this can be achieved. Knowing which style to choose can be quite the process. You want to match your home’s existing architecture without sacrificing price or quality. You want windows that open and close without glitches and are easy to maintain. So which do you choose, single hung or double hung windows?
Single hung windows are only bottom-operable. This means that the sash, which is the part of the window that holds the glass in place, is the only part that moves. With a single hung window, the top part is fixed and is incapable of sliding up or down. The window’s frame holds the bottom and top sashes to form the complete unit.
The aforementioned single hung windows are less costly and require less maintenance. If anything happens to the operable sash, it can easily be fixed because you only have one working sash to deal with. Size also plays a factor when it comes to single hung windows. This type of window covers less surface area, which can make for smaller seepages (should your window leak). Single hung windows are common in bedrooms, bathrooms, and rooms that are less open, like kitchens and living rooms. Anywhere you don’t want a window to protrude provides a great space for a single hung window.
Double hung windows differ slightly than their single hung counterpart because they are equipped with two operable sashes. Two sashes does not equal twice the price, but this style of window is more expensive, sometimes even 15% more than the single hung option. However, due to their double operable sashes, these windows are easier to clean.
Moreover, double hung windows encourage air circulation. Due to their dual sashes, you may open both sashes to their halfway point and let fresh air flow in and out without any effort. Even if your double hung window in your living room cost more than the single hung one in your bathroom, you will be spending less on your utility bills over time.
Both window styles are common. Some people have a mix of styles in their home, while others stick with the one type. Besides price and space, single and double hung windows are a matter of personal preference.
No matter which style of window you choose, remember to have a professional to perform the window and door installation. Window installation can be very dangerous if you do not have experience.
Anne Flemings loves interior designing and is always in pursuit of the latest changes and trends in home improvement. Her other interests lies in cooking, painting and blogging. She is an enthusiast homemaker who lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids. She can be followed on twitter.