Double Hung vs. Casement Windows

Apr 10, 2023

Replacing the windows in your home is a large undertaking, and finding the right design can make all the difference. Windows come in a variety of different styles, and choosing the right one for your project depends on the aesthetic of your home and how you use your windows. Two of the most popular types of replacement windows are Double Hung and Casement. Below we discuss the differences between the two and why one or the other may be the perfect option for your window replacement project.

Double Hung Windows

Double Hung Windows have two separate operating sashes, both of which can be raised or lowered, giving you the ability to vent the window from the bottom or from the top. For most Double Hung Windows, both sashes have the ability to tilt inward, making cleaning from the inside of the home a breeze. Double Hung Windows are easy to operate, although larger windows may be heavier to open and tilt in. Double Hung Windows all have what is known as a Check Rail, which is the part of the window where the top and bottom sashes meet. Some homeowners dislike this check rail in the center of the window as they feel that it obscures the view to the exterior, so this could be a potential downside of this window style.

Casement Windows

Casement windows have a solid glass sash that cranks outward, allowing you to vent the window as much as you desire. Depending on the manufacturer, casement windows can crank all the way out to a 90-degree angle, giving the homeowner a full, unobstructed view to the exterior of the home. Even when the window is closed, the view to the exterior remains clear due to the lack of a check rail on casement windows. Casement windows have screens on the interior of the window (screens for Double Hung windows are on the exterior), which could expose them to more potential damage from pets, children, etc. Casement windows also tend to be slightly more expensive than Double Hung windows due to the additional moving parts in the base of the window. However, the price difference is often minimal depending on what manufacturer you are considering.

Replacing windows is ideally a once or twice-in-a-lifetime project, so it is important to discuss your preferences with your contractor and find the ideal choice for your home. Both Double Hung and Casement windows offer energy-efficient, stylish solutions for your window replacement project. While no one style is superior to the other, it is important to consider how you will operate your windows and what you prefer aesthetically for your home.

At HEGG Windows & Doors, we not only offer countless styles of windows, but we also offer different manufacturers and window materials as well. Our experienced team works closely with you to find the perfect fit for your project, and our employee installers install every project with the highest attention to quality.

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