Stuck with outdated windows that are aging your home?

Maybe you’re ready for a remodel or your windows have seen better days. Perhaps you are looking to fix a broken window. When it’s time for a replacement, it’s also an opportunity to check out your options.

This includes your costs which can be affected by the type of windows, the condition of your window frames, as well as the customization and number of windows required.

Two of the most common window options are the single-hung and double-hung windows. These offer a classic look that you’ll find on many homes through St. Louis. You may be wondering which ones are best for your home.

The single-hung and double-hung windows are very similar, so it’s easy to get them confused. We’ve got you covered. Here is everything you need to know when making the choice between single hung vs. double hung windows.

What Makes Single Hung and Double Hung Windows the Same?

It’s easy to mistaken a single hung window for a double-hung one at a distance. You probably would have a hard time identifying one from the other from far away. You may even be unsure without actually opening it up!

That’s because they have a lot in common, but one very distinct difference.

Single-hung and double-hung windows are both vertical-sliding windows. They both have an upper and lower sash. The window sash is the square or rectangular frame that holds the window glass.

There may also be accents like muntins that divide the glass visually. This creates a stylized look for added design appeal. But don’t let these fool you, both single-hung and double-hung windows can have these same features.

The single-hung and double-hung windows are the most common and iconic types of windows on the market. So you’re bound to run into them during your research.

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What’s the Difference Between Single Hung vs. Double Hung?

There are some common misconceptions about the difference between the single hung window and the double-hung window. This is understandable since in some cases they can look exactly the same!

The confusion often lies in the panes. The number of panes on a window is different than the way the window was hung. This refers to the number of movable sashes.

Hung vs. Panes

In the case of a single hung window, the upper sash is stationary and cannot open. Whereas on a double-hung window there are two operable sashes: both the upper and lower. This means you can open the top of the window as well as the bottom to let air in or out.

This allows for some differences in functionality. For example, you can open the lower sash to let in the cool air on a single hung window. On a double-hung window, you can open the bottom to let in air, and lower the upper sash to release warm air.

Factor in Your Budget

Depending on your budget, there are different reasons to choose one type of window over another. Double-hung windows tend to be more expensive than single hung windows. Which might be a determining factor for some homeowners.

Let’s go further into the pros and cons of each type of window. So you can make the right choice for your home and budget!

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When to Choose a Single Hung Window

There are a few reasons why choosing a single-hung window could be right for you. The first might be cost-effectiveness. Because the single hung window has a fixed upper sash, it has less moving parts and is easier to install and replace.

This makes it less expensive overall. There are still other reasons to choose a single hung window. You might find that the single hung fits the original style of your home better.

Fits Your Home’s Style

For example, in Craftsman-style cottage homes, single hung windows are typically used. If you’re interested in preserving an authentic historic look, then you may choose the single hung over the double-hung windows.

Nowadays you can find a single hung window to meet any design. Your single hung window can work for all kinds of styles and eras. Including a more modern approach. 

Difficult to Clean

One con of the single hung window is that it is more difficult to clean. Since the upper sash is generally fixed in place, you can’t clean it from inside your house. That means you might have to hang outside your window to clean the upper window panes.

Hanging outside the window to clean it could also pose some additional danger. If you are going to hire a company to clean your windows on a regular basis, you will want to factor in this cost over the long term. So keep this in mind when making your final choice.


Lastly, you might switch between the single-hung and double-hung windows depending on how low to the ground the window is. This can be cost-effective and more than likely, no one will notice the difference from the outside. This is because both the single hung and double hung windows come in a variety of matching styles.

When to Choose a Double Hung Window

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Although double-hung windows tend to be the more expensive option, they offer a lot of benefits. These could outweigh the cost for some homeowners.

The double-hung windows are especially a good choice for when you are replacing a second-story window. You’ll find that the ventilation on a double-hung window is much better than a single hung. Having the upper sash open can release all the hot air that rises to the top of your home.

Better Ventilation

The double-hung window can open at the bottom and top. The versatility of a double-hung window allows for air to circulate better. It lets the cool air rush in through the bottom sash, while the hot air escapes through the top sash.

Another benefit is being able to open the top sash for circulation while maintaining privacy with the lower sash closed. This is especially beneficial in the bathroom, where you might need fresh air, but don’t want everyone to see you.

In the long run, double-hung windows might be your best option even though they are more expensive upfront. This is because the increased ventilation reduces the amount of moisture trapped inside your home. Thus reducing the buildup of mildew and mold inside the walls. This could be a costly repair down the road.

Versatility for Circulation

Unlike the single hung window, both of the sashes of a double-hung window can have a tilt-in design.

You can easily clean the upper and lower sashes from inside your home. This is also a safer route than having to hang out the window in the case of a single hung window.

Finally, style might also be a consideration when choosing the double-hung window for your home. Certain architectural designs will have double-hung windows to maintain the home’s design. These styles include the Colonial, Cape Cod, or Victorian Homes.

If you’re replacing one window from your home, then your choice might come down to what the rest of your windows are. Which might make the decision process a bit easier! You now know the difference and can identify the windows in your home.

Replacing Your Windows

You don’t have to be stuck with one type of window or the other. Consider purchasing a variety of windows to fit your budget. For example, you can choose double-hung windows for your upper level and single hung windows for the lower levels.

Either way, having your windows professionally replaced can offer you a lot of benefits: including a more energy-efficient home. You can also improve the safety of your home with strongly secured windows that have new locks or security systems installed.

Be sure you hire a reliable team and make sure your new windows have an ENERGY STAR Label. You also want to brush up on how to read an NRFC label. Your windows are not only an important part of your home’s design but also its daily functionality.

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Single Hung vs. Double Hung: Which Will You Choose?

No matter which type of window you choose, we hope this article helped you determine the differences as well as the pros and cons of each. When it comes to single-hung vs. double-hung windows, there are many reasons to choose one over the other.

Maybe you will decide on both! Either way, we can offer the support you need when you’re ready to replace your windows. Take a look at our website to learn more!

Do you have single hung or double-hung windows? Which style do you recommend? We’d love to hear more about your experience with these two different types. 

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