If you have been thinking about buying a replacement window for your home, you know how many options there are. With so many types of replacement windows, the vast amount at your disposal can be staggering. The one you choose will depend on many factors, such as the style of window you currently have, the type of window you’ve always wanted to have, the size of the room, your style and your ventilation needs.
Let’s go over the differences between a double-hung window and a casement window in an effort to better help you make a decision.
Double Hung Windows
These are common in many homes, easy to open thanks to their spring-loaded balance system that helps lift the window. And with an operable upper and lower sash, you can choose the amount of ventilation and light you want to let in at any given time. Plus, double hung windows tilt in for easy cleaning of both sashes on both sides.
Featuring a fold-down handle that opens and closes the window, casement windows are extremely easy to use. You just have to open the lever lock and operate the handle, which will allow the window to open at a 90-degree angle. Thus, the inside and the outside of the window can be cleaned from the interior.
Double-hung windows have screens on the outside, while casement windows have screens on the inside.
There are also differences in the outdoor view. Double-hung windows have a horizontal meeting rail in the center of the window that is often at eye level, which may prohibit your view of the outdoors. If you want an unobstructed view, casement windows may be better.
In regards to cost, double-hung and casement replacement windows are fairly similar in cost. There are some factors that could impact the cost of a window, including material, glass type and extra options.
Knowing where you’re going to be placing the window will factor into your decision. Larger windows may allow too much heat into your home during the summer. In an effort to reduce solar heat gain, you may want to choose low-e glass. If the window will get direct sunlight all day, consider getting triple-pane glass.
You should also consider what type of room your windows will be located in. Double-hung windows located over your kitchen sink wouldn’t make sense because they would be too large and cumbersome to operate. Casement windows, on the other hand, are an ideal choice for the kitchen.
However, double-hung windows give maximum ventilation, so they’re great for bedrooms, living rooms, sun rooms and great rooms due to the ability to open both the lower and upper sash.
Also, consider the proximity to exterior pathways or seating areas. Casement windows open outward, which means they can pose an obstruction or hazard. In those cases, double-hung windows are ideal near walkways, patios and decks.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
If you need more direction to help you decide on double hung windows vs. casement windows, please give us a call at 508-832-5202.