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What is the difference between a Single Hung Window and a Double Hung Window?

The difference between a Single Hung Window and a Double Hung Window is that on a double hung window, both sashes are able to move. Whereas, on a single hung window only the bottom sash moves, and the top glass is fixed. There are benefits to both configurations. For example on a Double Hung Window, both sashes are operable which allows for homeowners to tilt in and clean both sides of the glass from inside their home. This is typically advised on second floor openings with limited access to the window from the outside. Double Hung Windows will also allow for circulation within a room, when opening the top sash and bottom sash together; however in Florida it can get very humid very quickly. The benefit to Single Hung Windows is that typically they can be less expensive, as they do not require as many moving parts. Also, they are easier to lock over time due to settling of the house, as well gravity constantly pulling the sash down when it isn't locked. Single Hung Windows also have less moving parts, and in my personal experience, customers will have less issues with the window.

What is the difference between a Single Hung Window and a Single Pane Window?

The difference between a Single Hung Window and a Single Pane Window is that a single hung window, as I explained before, is where just the bottom sash of the window is operable. Whereas, a Single Pane Window, is a window that has one single piece of glass in each sash. This can get kind of tricky. There are two types of glass that manufacturers typically put into windows. There is Insulated Glass and Non-Insulated. Insulated glass is where there are two pieces of glass and sandwich them together with a spacer. This creates a pocket in between the glass to help prevent the outside elements from affecting the temperature inside your home (this is the spacer where you can add Argon Gas). In relation to Single Pane glass, the glass is just one single pane and has little to no insulating properties. Sometimes with Single Pane Glass homeowners will see droplets build up on the windows when exposed to sunlight. Insulated Glass has become the standard for mostly all new window replacements; however you can still purchase single pane windows from some manufacturers and Single Pane windows can still be permitted for replacements. If you have any questions in regards to this information, or would like any help at all in figuring out your home remodel.

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