Return to the Windows Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Single versus Double Hung Windows?

Posted by devinmom815 (My Page) on
Fri, May 6, 11 at 10:32

Should I purchase single hung windows or should I purchase double hung windows? I know that single hung are less expensive than double hung, but I think double hung are more energy efficient. The single hung windows that I'm looking at are Low E and has argon gas, so that makes them energy efficient, I guess. Why is double hung better that single hung? I need help!!!!

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Single versus Double Hung Windows?

You can open a double hung at the top or bottom for ventilation, as opposed to a single hung you can only open at the bottom.

RE: Single versus Double Hung Windows?

There is likely no energy difference between the two styles although sometimes there is less air infiltration in a single hung.

As someone who has had double hung on many houses, they are more of a pain than anything else. Who really opens the top? Not me and I live in the South. The top occasionally falls when you open the bottom making it difficult for shorter people to close.

But - screens on a single hung are just on the bottom of the window. I find this "look" to be less than ideal. Now if you aren't planning on putting screens in the windows, then it doesn't matter.

RE: Single versus Double Hung Windows?

No difference in the energy efficiency of the windows if they have similar glass packages.

There will be slightly more air infiltration as david mentioned as well.

Primary benefits to a double hung are the ability to ventilate through the top sash and to tilt in the top sash to clean safely from inside the home.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Windows Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here