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Which Window?

06 October

Whether you plan on building a new home, renovating an existing house or simply replacing some windows, you’ll be confronted with a maze of window choices and options. From all the choices for location, size, type, style, function, operation, material, finish, hardware and assembly, you could very well feel like you’ve fallen down a rabbit hole.

So here’s a look at some of the options you have, especially with regard for function and operation.

Double- and single-hung windows

The double-hung window, along with its cousin the single-hung window, is just about the most common window there is. As its name implies, the window is made of two independent sashes that are hung in a frame. The sashes, one at the bottom and one at the top, can slide up and down within this frame or, as in the case of a single-hung window, only one sash will be movable.

When to use them. This type of window is ideal for a more traditionally styled home. The individual nature and vertical proportions of this window work well in a design that uses traditional roof forms such as the gable and windows that are located one by one rather than set continuously.

In addition to their traditional appeal, a double-hung window’s most distinctive visual quality is that the two sashes separate. The staggered sash will allow the window to operate with one sash sliding past the other. Another aspect of a double-hung window is the screen location on the exterior face. While not having a prominent screen on the inside is nice, having a screen on the outside effectively hides the window design, especially when full screens are used.

Cost. The cost of a double-hung window can vary from less than $200 to north of $1,000 depending on features, size and materials. The lower-cost windows are likely to be constructed with vinyl sash and frames while the more expensive windows will likely be constructed of mahogany or another exotic wood and will have individual divided lites and more.