Most homeowners must confront window replacement at some point during their lives. If you’re in the market for a few new windows, the countless choices can quickly become overwhelming. Two of the top options on the market for homeowners in Jacksonville are double hung windows and single hung windows. Unless you’re a pro window installer, there’s a good chance you don’t fully understand the difference between these options. That’s where Big D Building Center comes in. We’re here with the information you need to make your new purchase as seamless as possible. 

Understand the Terminology to Make an Educated Purchase

First things first, it’s important to know a few key terms that experts throw around in the window industry. There are many different parts that make up a window and many different window designs from which to choose. Here are some important terms to understand as you begin to shop around:

  • Single hung windows: The standard option in new construction homes and apartment complexes. The bottom panel (or sash) moves vertically to open the window. 
  • Double hung windows: Both the top and bottom panels move and can be pulled in, out, up and down. 
  • Low E glass: A transparent coating that’s applied to the glass panes. This feature promotes energy efficiency and helps keep energy costs low. 
  • Frame: The pieces of wood, vinyl or metal that encloses the glass window panes. The frame is stationary, regardless of the type of windows you choose. 

Upfront and Maintenance Costs May Impact Your Choice

The most significant difference in price between single and double hung windows is the initial purchase obligation. Single hung windows typically cost 10-20% less than double hung windows. If you plan to install four or more windows, this cost quickly adds up. 

Ongoing maintenance costs are relatively the same. Because double hung windows have more functionality than single hung, the potential repair costs are larger. Ongoing preventative maintenance is key to keeping both of these window types from premature damage. 

Cleaning Technique Variations

While single hung windows may win in the cost category, double hung windows are far easier to maintain. The main difference comes in the ease of access provided by double hung windows. Because of the limited movement of single hung, it’s difficult to clean the exterior of the top sash. This is especially true for second- and third-floor windows. 

Double hung windows are easier to clean because they can be tilted to wash the outside and inside surfaces. Both window sashes can be cleaned from the inside of your home. In terms of cost, this can save you money on professional window cleaning that’s often required for single hung windows. 

Ventilation Considerations that Impact Your Quality of Life

One feature often overlooked when purchasing is the ventilation benefits. A well-ventilated home often means lower energy bills and a better living environment. Based on what you’ve already learned about these two window types, it’s likely clear that double hung windows offer superior ventilation. 

The more surface area exposed to the outdoors, the more air that can freely flow into your home. On a cool fall night in Jacksonville or when the cooking becomes overly smoky, it’s always nice to have windows that open wide. 

Explore All of Your Options with the Help of Big D Building Supply

First, you must choose between these two very different window designs. Once you make your decision, there are plenty of different window types within each category. From casement windows to slider windows, it’s our job to help you make the best choice for your family. 

Avoid the confusion of shopping on your own and partner with the Big D team. Contact us today to get started on your home project.