Double-hung windows are available in many different styles and designs. They typically feature a top sash that opens and closes and a bottom sash that remains stationary. They are usually thought to be one of the most balanced types of windows as far as energy efficiency goes. But, did you know that the double-hung window uses two pieces of glass, just like their name suggests?
Window Frames and Materials
The frame of your windows can be made of wood, fiberglass, or vinyl. They are also available in a variety of colors and can be matched to the exterior or interior color. You have the option to also choose from several different window trim options so that you can make your windows look unique and fit the aesthetics of your home.
You can choose from many different types of glass for your windows and doors, including:
- Single-pane glass: This is a thin glass pane that is affordable and easy to install. It is also easier to repair single-pane glass. The downside is that single glass panes are less energy efficient.
- Double-pane insulated glass: Double glazing consists of two panes of glass separated by an air space or vacuum. This reduces heat loss through the windows, so you can save on heating bills. It also reduces sound transmission, so double glazing can make homes quieter. Double glazing is more expensive than single panes, but it's worth the investment if you plan to be in your home for a long time and want to lower your energy bills.
- Low-E coating window film: This film has a special coating that lets in visible light but reflects infrared rays (heat). The low-E coating helps keep interior temperatures even throughout the year and reduces the need for air conditioning. It's commonly used on double-pane windows because it improves insulation even more than double glazing alone does.
These are different glass options that you can choose from for your double-hung windows.
Window Trim Moldings
When it comes to window trim moldings, there are several different types of trim that you can use. You might want to opt for Victorian or colonial style trim for a more traditional look.
Vinyl and aluminum are great options. Vinyl is very easy to install and won't rust or rot like wood. Aluminum can be painted in any color that matches your home's exterior, or it can be left in its natural silver color.
You can also choose wood window trim if you want a more traditional look for your home's windows. You'll find that there are many different shapes and sizes available, so finding one that fits your needs won't be difficult at all.
Contact a residential window installer such as New Beginnings Window and Door to discuss double-hung windows for your home and start planning a replacement project.