Double Hung Windows: Positives and Negatives

If you’ve recently begun thinking about having new windows installed in your North Carolina or South Carolina residence, you might have started researching all of the options that are currently on the market. There are — quite literally — hundreds of different styles on the market today; Window shopping can be especially challenging for homeowners who haven’t purchased in many years, or ever, for that matter. 

That’s where we come in! The team at Hatch Homes is dedicated to helping you find the perfect windows for your Carolina home. Here, we take a look at one of today’s most popular window styles for residential projects — double-hung windows. As with any product, there are both pros and cons to these windows. In a bid to provide you with an objective look at double-hung windows, we will assess both positive and negative points about this option. 

Positives

The most colors — Because double-hung windows are the most popular style among today’s homeowners, manufacturers tend to offer the most color variety in this design. For example, if you are planning to purchase windows with vinyl frames, double-hung styles may be available in white, cream, forest green, navy, and gray, for example, while single-hung windows may only come in white.

Energy-efficient — Certain double-hung windows are much more energy-efficient than other options on the market. For example, if you are planning to choose between a double-hung window style and a single-hung window style from the same high-quality brand, the double-hung option is almost sure to provide you with lower utility bills over time. 

Better ventilation and easier care – The fact that double-hung windows have two sashes offers homeowners double benefits. First, better ventilation provides you with an easier way to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home without using your HVAC system. Secondarily, double-hung windows are much easier to clean on both the inside and the outside of the glass panes due to their design. 

Negatives

Benefits require all windows be replaced – The energy efficiency benefit of double-hung windows, in particular, requires homeowners to replace all of the windows in their houses. Replacing just one window with a double-hung style won’t make a noticeable difference in utility costs, at least in most cases. Replacing all of your windows may be expensive upfront, but remember, it will pay off — literally — in the long run. 

Cost more than single-hung windows – If you’re on a tight budget, the price of each double-hung window compared to an individual single-hung window may seem steep. It is worth noting. However, that window manufacturers do tend to run sales throughout the year, and, in some cases, installation contractors can offer special rates to their clients. 

If you have any questions whatsoever about having the windows in your North Carolina or South Carolina residence replaced, give the Hatch Homes office a call. We look forward to helping you understand all of the window products you can choose from and, ultimately, to installing the right windows for you and your family!

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