A single hung and a double-hung windows may appear similar, but it is different and can be used differently depending on our needs. Before you choose between a double-hung window and single hung window, you need to know and understand its difference.


Both single-hung and double-hung windows are vertically sliding windows and have upper and lower sash. Single and double-hung windows may look identical when you look at it from a distance.

How are they different?

In a Single-hung window, the bottom sash moves vertically while the upper sash remains stationary. Double-hung windows , on the other hand, offer the homeowner the ability to open both the upper and the lower sash, rather than just the bottom.

  • Single-hung windowSingle-hung windows are more weather-resistant. It is less susceptible to air leakage because the upper sash is fixed and cannot develop looseness. This window type is also cheaper in cost compared to a double-hung window.
  • Double-hung window – This window type is more energy-efficient and provides better ventilation since both the top and bottom sash can be opened. This window type is also easier to clean since both of the sashes can be cleaned from the inside of the house. This window type, however, is more expensive compared to the other because it contains more moving parts.

These are just some of the information you need to help you choose between a single-hung and a double-hung window. Make sure to choose wisely depending on your needs and budget. Regardless of the window type, you will be choosing, you should take care of the essential and sensitive part, which is its glass. Are you looking for the perfect replacement windows? Contact Middlefield Windows and Doors for a free consultation!