Jan 25, 2021

Casement Windows vs. Double Hung Pros & Cons

When offering homeowners in the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin complimentary 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.

Differences Between Double Hung & Casement Windows

What Is 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 Is A Casement Window?

Casement windows or crank windows are manufactured with hinges on the side which allow the window to open outwardly to the left or right.

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Price: Casement Window Cost vs. Double Hung

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 be 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.

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Double Hung & Casement Window Style Differences:

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 are a top choice in vintage homes, though modern hardware can be incorporated.   

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Ease Of 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.

Window Ventilation Comparison:

For homeowners looking to introduce fresh air into 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.

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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:

"We worked with Lindus to replace our old windows in our home. They came out and looked at what we currently had and discussed our options with us. We purchased six Marvin windows and we could not be happier with the quality of the windows and the install/finishing. It's a huge impact and we are so happy we chose to work with Lindus! Matt was always very responsive whenever I emailed or called him and kept us in the loop about when we should expect our windows. We are very happy customers."

Taylor H.
Hudson, WI
June 21, 2022

"Great job installing new windows!"

Dick S.
Shoreview, MN
June 2, 2022

"Thank you for a job well done.  We are very impressed with our new windows."

Bill & Gini R.
Maple Grove, MN
May 27, 2022

"Very professional and great work! I am having quite a few more windows put in next year."

Amy M.
Woodbury, MN
May 20, 2022

"I need to tell you how totally pleased we were with Lindus. The whole experience was top shelf!! Several neighbors have already asked about you guys and we’re happy to see endorse your company."

Judy L.
Minnetonka, MN
May 12, 2022

"Ryan did the trim on 2 of my windows a few weeks ago. Awesome job, Ryan! When he left, not a scrap of anything was left in the yard. Would never have known anyone had been there....well, except for the great trim job! Thanks again."

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MInneapolis, MN
April 6, 2022
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