The Differences Between Double-Hung and Slider Windows

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If you are looking to replace your windows or get a new one for your home, you may be interested in knowing the differences between double-hung and slider windows. Replacing windows is a great way to upgrade your home’s aesthetic appeal. A window replacement project helps maximize the amount of fresh air, and sunlight your home receives gives you a better view of your yard and changes the look of your home. When looking for window placement options, you may be overwhelmed by the number of options available. Double-hung and slider windows are two of the most popular window types, and we are going to cover the differences between them.

Features of Slider and Double-Hung Windows

In slider windows, the sashes open by sliding horizontally along a track on the window’s frame. These windows are typically large and are always wider than they are tall. They have a large profile that offers excellent views, enhanced ventilation, and a cooling breeze between rooms. Sliding windows are minimal, and may feature muntins between panes to create a division without reducing efficiency. Double-hung windows also feature two sashes. The sashes move vertically along a fixed track to open and close the window. These windows are versatile, easy to clean, and offer improved ventilation, especially in smaller spaces.

The Differences Between Double-Hung and Slider Windows

To help you decide on the best roofing style for your home, Aspen Home Improvement compares these two window styles on the aspects of cost, ventilation, and safety.

  1. Installation and Maintenance Costs

Slider windows come in a simple design that requires fewer parts. These parts easily work with each other throughout the lifespan of the windows, requiring little to no maintenance costs. The initial cost of installing slider windows is also extremely low compared to double-hung or casement windows. Double-hung windows come with springs and sash cords to help keep the sashes in place. The complexity arising from their design adds to the purchasing and installation costs. Double-hung windows also require constant care to keep all parts working correctly, which adds maintenance costs. Both window styles are easy to clean and maintain since the sashes are moveable.

  1. Ventilation

Both hung and sliding windows offer excellent ventilation properties for your home. The difference is in how they circulate air. Slider windows are usually wider than they are high. Therefore, they offer complete ventilation over the full height of the window, floor to ceiling. Due to their width, a single sliding window can replace a row of double-hung windows while offering the same amount of ventilation. Double-hung windows also have great ventilation capabilities, and allow you to control airflow. By opening both sashes, you allow cool air to come in via the lower sash while warm air escapes via the upper sash. The double-hung window offers a natural solution for cooling and maintenance of indoor air quality. 

  1. Safety

The simple design of sliding windows makes it easy for the homeowner to seal and lock the window, to provide security for the occupants. To improve safety and security, some sliding window designs come with safety latches. The double slider lift-out option gives your siding window egress capabilities, which make the window a viable escape route in case of emergencies. Double-hung windows are fully lockable and seal tightly, making it impossible for intruders to access your premises. They offer a high level of security since they don’t crank outward from their frame, which reduces the risk in areas that experience high traffic such as patios, walkways, and front yards. Double-hung windows are generally safer than sliding windows.

Despite the differences between Double-hung and slider windows, both are an excellent option for ventilation and energy management in modern home improvement. If you are still stuck between these two options, you can always trust Aspen Home Improvements to help you make the right choice. Call us today to find out why we have been the most trusted home improvement partner for over 25 years in  PennsylvaniaVirginia, and Maryland.  areas.  Our windows are rated by the National Fenestration Rating Council to ensure you get improved indoor air quality and energy savings. Call us today as we help you make one of the greatest investments you’ll make for your home.

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