By Alex Esler
One of the most common and popular window styles still in use today are double-hung windows. Considered as the quintessential window of 18th century America, double-hung windows remain a top choice for many homeowners, especially those with traditional architectural style homes. While the design of double-hung windows has virtually remained unchanged over the years, there are some non-negotiable features when looking for quality ones.
Natural Light and Ventilation
Double-hung windows are unique window styles in a sense that they have two operable sashes that slide open vertically, with one on top of another. You can choose to open the upper, lower, or both sashes simultaneously. This allows for the maximum amount of natural light and ventilation to pass through.
Ease of Cleanup and Maintenance
As previously mentioned, this type of window can be opened either through just the top or bottom sash or both at the same time. But you can likewise open double-hung replacement windows even from inside your home. The sashes tilt in to permit easy exterior cleaning from the inside. Because both sashes are operable, cleaning up both the upper and lower levels are a breeze.
Double-hung windows are suitable for most home styles, from traditional architectural styles homes to the most elegant of properties. Indeed, many home styles like the Cape Cod, Colonial, Gregorian, and sometimes even Spanish/Mediterranean and Victorian homes are well suited to double-hung windows. This versatility has, in fact, allowed them to stay popular and commonly used until the present time.
Safety and Security
Apart from the features many double-hung windows already have, its safety and security features must not be overlooked. The sashes often do not swing out, which means this type of window can be placed in walkways, decks, and even patios without the risk of hitting someone while operating the window. This type of window can likewise be fully locked, which adds to the overall security of your home.
Some newer features of double-hung windows include a Low-E (low-emissivity) coating to increase its energy efficiency. This virtually invisible, microscopically thin layer significantly reduces heat transfer by reflecting radiant temperature back out of your home. The coating is usually applied on the outside pane of the window to allow for maximum effect.
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