the difference between single hung and double hung windows.

What’s The Difference Between Single-Hung and Double-Hung Windows?

Single-hung and double-hung windows are both popular options among homeowners, but you might be wondering what the difference is between them. If you’re trying to decide which one to install in your home, keep reading for information about each window type!

Single hung windows on a green siding house.

What Are Single-Hung Windows?

The term “vertical sliding window” describes a single-hung window that opens vertically. The name comes from the fact that it slides up and down in its frame rather than side to side like other types of windows.

Vertical sliding windows are divided into two main categories: those that slide up from bottom to top (single-hung) and those that slide down from top to bottom, as well as from bottom to top (double-hung). Professionals typically install both types because they require specialized hardware for proper operation and safety purposes.

Single-hung windows can be used for ventilation, light, and air control in homes and buildings. Single-hung windows are also known as single-slider, single-sliding, and sliding sashes, which means that the upper part of the window remains stationary in its frame while the bottom sash slides up and down when you want to open it. In contrast, double-hung windows have both an upper and lower sash that can be opened separately from each other.

Why Are Single-Hung Windows Popular?

Single-hung windows are popular because they are easy to use and are generally less expensive. They can be used on just about any home, making them versatile in any location. These windows are also easy to clean, so you don’t have to worry about getting them dirty.

The Advantages of Double-Hung Windows?

Double-hung windows are a versatile option for your home because they are energy-efficient and easy to clean. Because both the top and bottom sashes are moveable, you can easily lower the top sash a few inches to let hot air escape. This is especially helpful for extra ventilation in two-story homes when hot air accumulates in the upstairs areas of the house. They come in many styles and sizes to suit your needs.

Which Windows are Easier to Clean?

Clean windows make your home look more attractive, but cleaning them can be challenging. With traditional single-hung windows, you must climb on chairs or ladders to reach the sills and clean them. In addition, you may need extra tools, such as squeegees, to clean them properly. Double-hung windows provide a more accessible option. You can often clean them by removing the sashes from their tracks to easily access them from inside or outside your home. If that is not possible, the ability to lower the top sash to the bottom part of the frame makes accessing the outside of the windows much easier without the need for ladders. You only need a sponge or soft cloth to wipe down the glass panes and frames.

Are Double-Hung the Same as Double-Pane Windows?

Some people need clarification on these terms. Remember that they are not interchangeable. The terms “single-hung” and “double-hung” refer to the mobility of the sashes within the frame. “Single-pane” and “double-pane” refers to how many panes of glass are in each sash. Double-pane windows offer more insulative value because two layers of glass have air or argon gas between them to block heat transfer.  


Replacing your old windows with new single-hung or double-hung windows is an excellent investment for your home! They’re affordable and easy to maintain, and they come in various styles and sizes, so there’s something for everyone. If you need help finding out which is right for your home or business, don’t hesitate to contact Midwest Roofing, Siding, & Windows! We service the entire Twin Cities Metro. We’ll be happy to help with any questions or concerns that may arise during this process so that everything goes smoothly from the start (choosing what type of window) through completion (installation completed).

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