Casement vs. Double Hung: Which Is Better?

Casement vs. Double Hung: Which Is Better?
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    When it comes to window replacement, many homeowners play it safe by choosing the same style of windows they had before.

    However, taking the time to research other options may be well worth your time.

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If you only have time to research two styles, we recommend looking at casement and double hung windows. These are two of the most popular window styles on the market. Both can work well with just about any style of home and in any room of the house. In this post, we share basic information about these two window styles to help you choose the one that will best suit your needs.

The Basics of Casement Windows

Casement windows are hinged at the side and open like a door. An interior crank is used to open and close the window, making them very easy to operate. Because they’re so easy to open and close, casement windows work especially well in hard-to-reach areas like over sinks and countertops.

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EASE OF OPERATION: The primary reason for casement windows’ popularity.

Here are the primary advantages of casement windows:
  • Variety of design and pattern options: Casement windows can be customized to meet your size, color and finish specifications, making it easy to design a product that suits your exact needs and preferences. You can also choose from different grille patterns, including top-down grille, prairie grille, colonial grille or completely grille-less. This makes it a great option for modern-style homes.
  • Energy efficiency: Casement windows are one of the most energy-efficient window styles you can find This is because the sashes in a casement window press tightly against the frame when closed, creating a tight seal that prevents air entry and energy leakage.
  • Easy to open and close: Casement windows are operated with a crank. This makes them extremely easy to open and close, one of the biggest advantages they offer.
  • Excellent ventilation and views: Because casement windows swing open like a door, you can open them as wide as you like, giving you total control over ventilation. Casement windows also provide beautiful views.

The Basics of Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows are the most common window style for residential properties across the United States thanks in large part to their traditional yet highly adaptable appearance. They have upper and lower sashes that operate by sliding up and down. Decorative muntins can be used to change their appearance to suit various architectural and design requirements.

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CLASSIC STYLE: Double hung windows provide classic appeal.

Here are the primary advantages of double hung windows:
  • Versatility: Double hung windows go with just about any home style and can also be customized with different colors and finishes.
  • Easy to clean: Most of today’s double hung windows have tilt-out sashes that make for easier cleaning and maintenance. Some products even have removable sashes.
  • Air conditioner-  and screen-friendly: Because their sashes slide up and down, double hung windows can readily and safely accommodate window AC units. You can also install and remove window screens as needed.
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Comparing Casement and Double Hung Windows

To help you see which window type is best for your home, take a look at these comparison guides:

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window ease of use


window weathertightness
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window flexibility
window size and space
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Casement and double hung windows each offer a unique set of benefits, so choosing between them will largely depend on your needs. Do you want a window that offers maximum ventilation and energy efficiency? And a window that can be installed in hard-to-reach areas? Then casements are probably your best bet.

If you need to install an AC unit, as well as window screens or shades during some months of the year, then a double hung window will serve you well. The best way to make your decision is to consult a reliable window contractor to provide you with professional recommendations.

About the Author
Jeff Worzala is the regional marketing manager of Renewal by Andersen Cincinnati. His primary role is to build the company’s marketing strategies and oversee promotional activities.

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