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Check out the differences between Single-Hung and Double-Hung Windows. The different features and how they function will give you a good idea which will work best for you.
With Single-Hung windows, the upper sash stays in place while the bottom sash moves up and down. These windows are the number one choice for new construction, apartment buildings, offices and various other buildings. They are also less expensive then the Double-Hung windows which makes them very popular, but they also have their limitations.
The upper sash cannot be opened to let in more air, causing for less ventilation. They are also harder to clean because the bottom sash is the only one that can be tilted inward. For homeowners, the only way to clean the upper sash area would be from the outside and that can be tough for windows that are hard to reach.
Double-Hung windows are a great deal more flexible than the Single-Hung design because you can open from both the top and bottom sashes for better ventilation and air flow. Both sashes can be tilted downward for easy cleaning. This will eliminate having to hire professional cleaners to take care of windows that are higher up. They are somewhat more expensive then the Single-Hung version but well worth it.
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Choosing Single-Hung or Double-Hung Windows usually comes down to convenience and your budget. Even though Double-Hung windows are more expensive, upfront, in the long run, their durability and convenience could make the extra expense well worth your time.