How to Choose Between Single and Double Hung Windows

Single hung windows and double hung windows each have their own virtues. Single hung can provide a traditional and stately appearance, while double hung windows are easier to maintain. They are excellent choices, but the one you decide on will depend on your style and preferences.

Single hung vs. double hung windowsHow To Choose Between Single Hung And Double Hung Windows

Single hung windows are traditional windows that have one opening on the lower side, allowing only the bottom window to move upward and let air in. Double hung windows, meanwhile, have two operating sashes that open both on the top and the bottom, allowing both windows to open.


Since both windows opens, double hung windows give you a bit more airflow than single hung. As such, they’re great for rooms that need extra ventilation, like a kitchen or living area where you entertain guests. Single hung windows can still allow a nice breeze to enter your home, but you’ll only be able to open the bottom sash.


Another benefit of double hung windows is ease of cleaning. Double hung windows are easier to clean because you can tilt each sash inward to wipe them down as needed. Single hung windows are a little trickier to clean, especially if they’re elevated high above the ground. For second story windows, you may have to break out a ladder or call in the professionals to clean the outside of the pane.


You may be wondering with all of the benefits that a double hung window can bring, why you would install single hung windows. Nevertheless, single hung can be provide a classic, even historic, look to your home. They are also less expensive than double hung windows. As such, we’ve found it best to use a combination of both depending on the needs of our customers.

No matter what your needs and preferences are, we at Ivy Lea Construction can help you find the best type of windows for your space. Contact us today to get started.