Jan 25, 2021

Double Hung vs. Casement Windows

When offering homeowners in the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin free estimates on house windows, we’re frequently asked about the window style we recommend and why.  Having a deep commitment to empowering homeowners to make informed decisions, we are happy to answer this question in its entirety, especially since many homeowners do not understand that full frame window replacement affords them the opportunity to change one window style out for another.  When we’re asked to compare and contrast double hung and casement windows, we offer the below facts.

What’s a Double Hung Window? The part of the window that holds the pane is called the sash.  In double hung windows, there are two stacked movable sashes that permit the window to maneuver down from the top and up from the bottom.  This allows both sashes to be opened concurrently.

What’s a Casement Window? Casement or crank windows are manufactured with hinges on the side which allow the window to open outwardly to the left or right.

Infinity Casement

Price: Components like window material, hardware, and manufacturer can have a significant impact on the cost of the window.  However, when similar double hung and casement windows are compared, casement windows tend to more expensive than double hung windows.  Casement windows have more complicated operating mechanisms.  Because of the popularity of double hung windows, more manufacturers make them, allowing them to be offered at more affordable prices.

Style: Your home’s architectural features should be considered when choosing between casement and double hung windows.  For homeowners wanting to convey an ultra-modern feel, casement windows should be utilized.  Double hung windows a top choice in vintage homes, though modern hardware can be incorporated.   

Infinity Double Hung & Picture Window

Cleaning: When it comes to cleaning, it’s a toss-up between casement and double hung windows, as they both can be cleaned with ease.  For casement windows, they just need to be opened to provide the homeowner access to clean the interior and exterior.  Double hung windows are cleaned by tilting them inward, a feature that was not originally available on earlier models.

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Ventilation: For homeowners looking to introduce fresh air their home, they are appreciative that double hung windows have dual sashes that provide ample airflow.  Casement windows also provide ample interior air circulation when the window is fully extended.

Energy Efficiency: The window seal is a major determination in the level of energy efficiency a window has.  Quality double hung windows have upper and lower sashes that fit tightly into the window frame, which lowers the probability of air infiltration.  However, casement windows tend to outshine double hung windows in the realm of energy efficiency because they have an even stronger seal when locked.

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Window Replacement Reviews from the Twin Cities & Western WI

"We are part of an HOA. We had Lindus out to replace the windows in our townhome. They did a great job in the pre-sales, helps us select window design, and delivered the windows as ordered. I was very impressed with the installers. they were very professional, friendly, and showed a great deal of care for both our home and for keeping us safe during this time of COVID. Installation was top notch, the interior and exterior match wonderfully. great craftsmanship.  After having the windows for a number of months now, We really appreciate the quality and the noticeable change in heating and cooling."

Dennis A.
Hugo, MN
November 20, 2020

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Dennis F.
Eden Prairie, MN
September 11, 2020

"We were more than just satisfied.  We will be more than happy to to refer others to Lindus Construction."

Ann K.
Amery, WI
July 31, 2020

"The workers at my home were respectful and professional for our egress window install! Would use their services again!"

Danielle H.
Hammond, WI
May 22, 2020

"If you’re going to remodel, windows or anything they do, hire them for a professional experience."

David C.
Minneapolis, MN
April 17, 2020

"My crew was extremely efficient and considerate (Wayne, Mike, Chris). The install went well and the windows are outstanding. I selected Lindus based on my satisfaction with prior work, and will be happy to have them in the future."

Bert L.
Shoreview, MN
March 4, 2020
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