Blending traditional and modern features, the double hung window offers many conveniences for today’s homeowner. They’re ideal for Colonial style homes, but their versatility allows them to be used in virtually any application. Double hung windows offer many advantages over single hung, not the least of which is the ability to open each sash for easy ventilation and cleaning.
Here are some facts about double hung windows that may help you in your replacement window buying decision.
Double hung windows:
- Are one of the most popular design option for homeowners today.
- Are more energy efficient than single hung and other types.
- Offer more effective ventilation, thanks to two separate openings that offer an inlet and outlet.
- Feature a clean, unobtrusive look with several customization options.
- Are lower in maintenance than other types, thanks to the ability to tilt both sashes for safe and easy indoor cleaning.
- Are lower in window cleaning costs because you don’t have to hire a professional window cleaner to get the exterior.
- Will perform superbly for decades – IF you choose the right quality window. Unfortunately, many new-construction windows and lower quality vinyl windows average only 10 years before they need to be replaced. (For the record, our vinyl windows come with a 50-year warranty!)
The cost to make a double hung window is slightly more than a single hung, mostly due to the fact that it involves additional components to help both sashes move independently. The difference is clear and can easily be made up in maintenance conveniences, as double hung windows don’t require the need to wash exterior windows by climbing up on a ladder. The lower risk to safety is reason enough to get double hung windows!
Some of the first double hung windows came on the scene in 1912 when Trussed Concrete Steel Co. manufactured the first industrial grade double-hung windows, primarily for use in factories. As such, they were designed to bring ample daylight into factories and warehouses for workers, representing a milestone in window design in the early 20th century, according to Architect magazine.
Prior to that in the early 18th century, double-hung windows were used in homes, featuring a vertical sliding sash window indicative to Victorian, Craftsman, American Colonial and Queen Anne styles. These types of windows were much more rudimentary then, raised up or down thanks to a weight on each side that was hidden in the wall. The sash was balanced by a cord that ran over a pulley.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
To learn more about double hung windows, along with care and operation tips, contact Rescom Exteriors at 508-832-5202 or fill out our online form for a free estimate. We are your top destination for quality Bristol windows available in a variety of styles!