Double-Hung Windows vs. Sliding Windows

When it comes to choosing replacement windows for your home, it’s important to take certain aspects into consideration, such as durability and energy efficiency. But, you should also think about which style of windows might work best for you and your family, as well as for your home. After all, style not only determines how the windows look but also how they function. In this post, we’ll look at two of the most common types of house windows — double-hung windows and sliding windows — and examine their features and benefits.

Double-Hung Windows

Double-hung windows feature two operable sashes mounted into a single frame. Though both of these sashes can move up and down, it is the lower sash that is usually lifted and lowered for ventilation. However, because the top sash opens too, double-hung windows can singlehandedly create a cross-breeze effect. By opening both sashes a little bit, cooler air from outside will flow into the home through the bottom opening while warmer air from inside the home will be pulled out through the top opening. Another great feature of double-hung windows is that both of the sashes tilt inward. This makes cleaning both sides of the glass incredibly easy, as it can be done from inside your house. You will no longer have to brave the elements or scale a ladder to have crystal-clear windows.

Sliding Windows

While they’ve been around for a long time, sliding windows aren’t quite as common as double-hung windows. However, they’re just as user-friendly in their own way. Most sliding windows feature two moveable sashes; yet, rather than moving up and down, these sashes slide side to side. Sliding window units are generally wider than they are tall, making them a great option for rooms with low ceilings or rooms where you’re trying to maximize natural light. Many sliding windows also feature tilt-in sashes, making them just as easy to clean as double-hung windows. Sliding windows also have sleek, low-profile frames and expansive glass viewing areas that are unobstructed by sash rails. Additionally, their neat, streamlined appearance lends itself particularly well to more modern-looking homes.

Trust West Shore Home for Quick & Easy Window Installation

Still up in the air about which replacement windows to purchase for your home? If so, then contact West Shore Home today, and speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable product specialists. No matter which style you decide on, you can trust our expert team of home improvement pros to install your new windows in as little as one day. Let’s get started!