When it’s time for replacement windows, you have options. You don’t have to choose the same windows you currently have in your home. Understanding the differences in window types can help you make a decision that you’ll be happy with in the long term. Today we’re going to help you understand the differences in a single hung window (what you likely have) and a double hung replacement window. Many homeowners opt for the double hung window once they understand the difference.


Although a single and double hung replacement window look the same from the outside, they have different features. The biggest being the way the window can open. A single hung window’s bottom sash opens up. Both sashes of a double hung window can move. The top sash can be pulled down and the bottom sash can be pulled up. This can happen either separately or together.

Another feature that many homeowners appreciate is that a double hung replacement window has tilt in sashes. You’ll be able to easily clean both the inside and outside of both windows without climbing a ladder or removing the screens.

Energy Efficiency

If energy efficiency is your primary goal with your replacement windows, you can find windows with the same energy efficiency rating in both a single and double hung replacement window. And, if you’re someone who waits until you have to turn on the air conditioning, a double hung window can extend that time by increasing air flow in rooms with only one window.

What About the Cost Difference

There is a cost difference between a single and double hung replacement window with the double hung window costing more. The price difference isn’t only in the cost of the window, but also in the installation. However, most homeowners today still opt for double hung windows over single hung even with the cost difference.

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At Affordable Replacement Window Systems, we offer many window styles and options. We don’t have high pressure sales tactics. Instead we offer you a consultative approach to finding the right replacement windows for your taste, needs and budget. Call or text us today for your appointment at (817) 264-6509 or fill out our contact form.

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