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Sliding Windows vs. Double-Hung: Which One Is Right for Your Home?

Nov 03, 2018

Many factors can motivate a homeowner to consider revamping their windows, including poor placement, inadequate lighting, and overall aesthetics. If you are considering new windows, there are many interesting styles to choose from. Sliding and double-hung are two of the most popular window replacement options. Each design boasts unique benefits to suit your home’s needs.

Sliding Window Design

A sliding window operates on a track from left to right, with a sliding panel that you push to open. These panels are known as “sashes.” These windows have a simple, clean design and are easy to operate. Sometimes, sliding windows have two sashes, enabling you to slide the window to either side. People also refer to these windows as “gliding windows” or “slider windows.”

Double-Hung Window Design

Double-hung windows are more complex: instead of a singular sash, double-hung windows have two sashes in a single window frame. Both sashes can operate independently of one another, creating customizable ventilation options. Unlike sliding windows, double-hung windows have a traditional design, and slide up and down, rather than left to right.

Benefits of Sliding Windows

Since sliding windows are simple in design, they are also easy to maintain. This enables you to keep your sliding windows for a long time with little upkeep. Sliding windows also provide maximum ventilation and unobstructed views.

Sliding windows are perfect for adding a focal point to an empty room, and work well in living and dining rooms. They provide privacy and block off sunlight when closed as well. If you’re looking for ventilation, sunlight, or a quiet, solemn atmosphere for a room, sliding windows will suit your purpose well. If you have a window space where the width is greater than the height, consider installing a sliding window.

However, sliding windows do not seal as well as double-hung windows. If you live in an especially cold climate, you may find that your sliding window has a little gap where cold air can escape into your house. These windows may also rattle and collect dust quickly. However, occasional cleaning, and investing in professional installation can reduce these issues.

Benefits of Double-Hung Windows

Double-hung windows work best for window spaces where the height is greater than the width. They require a more precise installation process than sliding windows. These windows are gorgeous additions to any patio, living room, walkway, or any other space you can show off your brand new double-hung windows.

However, large double-hung windows can be a safety hazard for young children, since they’re easy to open and climb out of. Installing locks on your double-hung windows can reduce this risk. These windows also require occasional maintenance to keep their springs and sash cords in tip-top shape.

To discuss your home construction needs and options, contact Erie Metal Roofs today. We provide premier metal roofing services to customers in Ohio, New York, Michigan, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Missouri.

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