In this post, you will learn…
• The Difference Between Double-Hung and Casement Windows
• The Pros and Cons of Each Window Type
• 4 Reasons Why You Might Consider One Over The Other
There are a wide variety of window replacement options to choose from, and it can be difficult to decide which style is right for your home!
While double-hung and casement windows are the two more popular choices, there are many reasons why one may be more suitable for you than the other.
With a variety of styles, functions and budgets in mind, we’re here to help you make an educated decision for your home and family.
At Stouffville Glass, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the knowledge and education they need to make the best decisions for their next window replacement project.
In this post, we will explore the different qualities of two of the more common window types to help you determine which is the right fit for your home:
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DOUBLE-HUNG AND CASEMENT WINDOWS
Although they are both excellent choices for a variety of reasons, double-hung and casement windows are quite different from each other.
As a result of their unique qualities, understanding the differences between these two styles can make our buying decisions a lot easier.
Let’s take a closer look at how these styles of windows differ from one another:
Casement windows offer a beautiful, contemporary style.
Using simple design mechanics, this style of window compliments modern home designs with its minimalistic clean lines.
Double-hung windows have a more traditional build-style and compliment vintage homes and cottages nicely.
This style of window also works well for the modern home designed to mimic the appearance of an older, traditional aesthetic.
Older styles of double-hung windows can be difficult to deep clean, but newer and more modern models have been improved for easier access.
Modern double-hung windows tilt inward to aid with an easy cleaning of the sashes on both sides.
Alternatively, casement windows are just as straightforward and easy to clean.
Opening the window and cleaning from the outside of your home is the easiest way to ensure your casement window stays clean and continues to look brand-new.
Double-hung style windows are known to be more durable due to their frame design, which reduces their exposure to the elements.
Casement windows, however, can wear down quicker when they are open and exposed to elements like wind and rain, making them a less-than-ideal option for some homeowners.
Casement windows operate on a crank mechanism which makes opening and closing them a simple task.
This style of window is often used in kitchens and offices where windows need to be easily accessible with one hand.
Double-hung windows slide up and down, so they must be lifted and lowered manually with two hands.
This may make them a less-than-ideal option for some older or less-physically-able homeowners that might benefit from the added convenience.
PROS AND CONS OF DOUBLE-HUNG VS CASEMENT WINDOWS
Pros of Double-Hung Windows:
- Traditional Aesthetic: Double-hung windows are a staple for the aesthetic of historical houses and can work in a variety of home styles.
- Versatility: An added advantage is that this style of window can accommodate window air conditioning units – something a casement window cannot do.
- Durability: Not only are they versatile, but this style of window is durable, long-lasting and requires less maintenance by comparison. With less moving parts than a casement window, double-hung windows have less chance of mechanical failure.
- Safety: The lower shaft’s up and down movement means that it can be difficult for a child to open, making it a safe option for parents.
- Budget-Friendly: Double-hung windows are typically less expensive than casement windows due to high competition among manufacturers, which keep the costs low and under control.
Cons of Double Hung Windows:
- Heavy to Operate: Double-hung windows require some force to open, which means that they are not the ideal window type for every homeowner.
- Dropped Window: These windows can also develop a problem where the sash refuses stay up (also known as a dropped window).
- Challenging to Clean: As they are not always easy to reach from the outside, double-hung windows could be a challenge during routine cleaning.
Pros of Casement Windows:
- Modern Aesthetic: Casement windows add a modern touch to our home with their clean and easy-to-operate design.
- Protective Seal: This window type also creates a tighter seal than double-hung windows, as the sash presses tight to the frame to prevent air leakage.
- Energy & Cost Effective: As a result of this design, casement windows also help keep our home energy-efficient and our indoor temperatures regulated. After switching, you are likely to see an improvement in your monthly utility expenses.
- Easy to Operate: Casement windows are easy to operate due to their crank lever and do not suffer from dropped windows the way a double-hung design might. This makes it an ideal option for older homeowners who do not want to struggle with a stubborn window.
Cons of Casement Windows:
- Expensive: Due to their more complex mechanical design and lower demand, casement windows can often amount to twice the cost of a double-hung window.
- Risk of Mechanical Failure: As another result of this, this window type is more likely to suffer a mechanical failure, specifically with its crank unit design. As the unit ages over time it may loosen, slowly letting air into the home.
- Physical Limitations: Casement windows also cannot support window air conditioners, and thus are not an ideal choice for homeowners who rely on one to keep cool in the Summer months.
WHY YOU MIGHT CONSIDER ONE VS. THE OTHER
Before we decide on one window type over the other, remember that materials will play a large role in determining the cost of your next window replacement project.
Quality windows are always worth the investment when they are reliable and built to last, but prices may vary.
Where cost and availability are concerned, double-hung windows are the more accessible option of the two window types due to their lower cost and ready-made availability.
Although casement windows can be more expensive, they are often easier to operate and for some, may be worth the investment long-term.
Casement windows can be opened and closed with one hand, which is easier than opening and closing a window sash with two.
This factor alone may be enough to convince many homeowners to purchase a casement window, as it can be easily operated by elders as well as people with limited mobility.
Double-hung windows require some upper-body strength to open and shut, and thus may not be an ideal option for everyone.
The location of our window replacement has a lot to do with which window type we will require.
Consider practicality when selecting your new window. For replacements over the kitchen sink, a casement window will be more ideal due to its easy operation.
For a small child’s bedroom, consider safety and how easy it may be for them to open the window without parental supervision.
In this case, a double-hung window is definitely the safer option.
Consider the exterior of your home as well when making your buying decision, as windows that swing outward such as casement windows are not ideal near walkways or patios.
The tighter the seal around our window, the more energy-efficient the window will be.
Double-hung windows have top and bottom sashes that fit tight to the frame, where casement windows push in on the frame when locked.
Casement windows are slightly more energy-efficient due to their tighter-fitting design, but both are able to keep our home well-shielded from the elements.
When installed properly, both window types can be extremely energy-efficient and reliable.
While double-hung and casement windows both serve unique purposes in keeping our homes well-insulated, the ideal window option will ultimately depend on your specific needs.
If you are interested in learning more about your window replacement options, we at Stouffville Glass would love to help!
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