Dec 23, 2020

Double Hung vs. Sliding Windows

One of the quickest ways to update your home’s energy efficiency, aesthetics and curb appeal is through the installation of new windows. However, the style of the window you opt for should take into consideration both your home’s architecture and your personal tastes.  Two of the more popular options within the marketplace are double hung and sliding windows.  Here’s how they stack up against each other.

Marvin Infinity Double Hung
Double hung windows have dual operating window sashes that move up and down.
sliding windows
Sliding windows are maneuvered by traversing a sash vertically or horizontally along the track.

Pros of Double Hung Windows: Double hung windows are immensely popular because they work well in an array of home styles.  They win high marks for the ample ventilation they provide, allowing the homeowner to customize the amount of ventilation needed at any given point in time.  They’re among the easiest window styles to clean because they often have tilt-out sashes, allowing both the interior and exterior of the window to be washed from inside your home.  Double hung windows are preferable for homes without central air because they open far enough to accommodate a window air conditioning unit.  For high traffic outdoor areas, double hung windows are preferable because they open up and down, not outwards, preventing accidental collisions with pedestrians.  For families with small children, double hung windows are ideal because they are trickier to unlock.

marvin double hung

Pros of Sliding Windows: When compared with double hung windows, sliding windows tend to be more energy efficient because they have fewer moving parts that allow for air infiltration.  As a rule, sliding windows tend to be larger than double hung windows.  This proves to be advantageous because of the amount of natural light and ventilation they can provide.  From a usability standpoint, sliding windows are easier to operate than double hung windows.  Because the sash is located within the frame, sliding windows, like double hung windows, work well in frequently visited areas of the home’s exterior.  Sliding windows have fewer moving parts than double hung windows, upping the amount of stability they provide.  Learn the benefits of sliding windows.

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Cons of Double Hung Windows: From a price standpoint, double hung windows are a more expensive window style because of the number of moving parts they have.  The tracks can also require lubrication in order for them to open and close easily.

Cons of Sliding Windows: In the realm of energy efficiency, sliding windows aren’t a leader because or their pliable seal on the top and bottom runners that creates a passage for a small amount of air to pass through.  The tracks of sliding windows are exposed, and a careful eye should be kept on them to ensure they don’t fill up with dust and dead insects.

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