FAQs on Double Hung Windows: What Every Homeowner Needs to Know

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 FAQ #1: How Much Do Double Hung Windows Cost?

One of the most popular questions by far is “how much do replacement windows cost?”

You might find that asking this question yields variable results. This is because many different factors play a role in the cost of double hung windows, including size, frame material, and energy efficiency options.

Although you’ll find double hung windows advertised with prices starting as low as $99 per unit, you won’t know the real cost until you schedule a free estimate. This is the most accurate way to find out how much replacement windows will cost.

FAQ #2: Will Double Hung Windows Save Energy in My Home?

New window installation can certainly help save energy. However, it’s important to know that your windows should include several important components for maximum energy savings.

When you’re in the process of choosing your new double hung windows, be sure that the glass package includes the following:

  • Dual or triple pane glass: Dual pane can help save energy, but it’s triple pane that can dramatically reduce your utility bills.
  • Argon or krypton gas: Energy efficient gases are colorless and odorless. They are inserted between the panes of dual or triple pane windows during manufacturing. These gases are denser than air and make the windows more thermally efficient. Argon is a popular choice because it’s effective and cost efficient.
  • Energy star certification: Given to the most energy efficient windows on the market.
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FAQ #3: How do I Clean Double Hung Windows?

Double hung windows are without doubt one of the easiest windows to clean. You won’t have to worry about climbing up on dangerous ladders and attempting to conquer your fear of heights with this window style.

This is because the double hung window is engineered with a tilt-in sash. Simply press the release buttons on the sash and pull it toward you to open.

From here, you can use your cleaning product of choice to clean the glass and the frames. To remove stubborn dirt from the windowsill, allow baking soda and a bit of vinegar to soak for a few minutes in the track. Scrub the track with a toothbrush and then wipe the remaining residue away with a paper towel.

What is the Best Material for Double Hung Window Frames?

There are two primary options for double hung window frames: wood and vinyl.

There are pros and cons to both.

Wood window frames add warmth to the home. They are a classic choice and blend with many styles of architecture. You can also stain them or paint them any color of your choice.

However, the downside to wood windows is that they are a hassle to maintain. If you neglect maintenance, wood windows are prone to problems such as rot. In worst case scenarios of rotting, wood window frames can crumble away.

You may also notice that the color of the frames will fade when exposed to direct sunlight.

The good news is that you won’t experience these problems with vinyl window frames. Vinyl frames are engineered to withstand even the harshest elements. You won’t need to worry about rotting, since vinyl frames cannot hold moisture and therefore won’t rot. Moisture may collect on the frames during a rainstorm, but it won’t result in rot.

Vinyl frames are just as aesthetically flexible as wood window frames. You can order these frames in a variety of colors, and some Universal Windows Direct locations offer wood-clad windows. These windows have vinyl frames on the interior and wood frames on the exterior, giving you the best of both worlds.

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FAQ #4: When Should I Upgrade with New Double Hung Windows?

Sometimes it’s tough to tell if your windows should be replaced.

They look fine, so everything must be OK. Right?

Not necessarily. There are a few ways to tell if your double hung windows need replacing.

First, consider the age of the windows and their quality. Low quality windows may last about 7 years or so.For higher quality windows, you can get at least 15—if not closer to 20 years.

Next, look at your energy bills. Seasonal fluctuations are normal, but if you are seeing a consistent uptick in your monthly bill, your windows might be the culprit.

Another way to tell if your windows need replaced is by checking for drafts. You’ll be able to feel large drafts around the frames with your hand. You may also see the curtains slightly moving when the wind blows while the windows are closed.

To detect smaller drafts, you can light an incense stick on a windy day and hold it close to the window frame. Making sure all interior doors are closed, you can see small movements in the smoke when the wind blows outside.

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FAQ #5: Can You Install Double Hung Windows in the Winter?

Yes, double hung windows can be installed in the winter along with any other window style.

Special steps are taken during winter window installation, such as shutting all interior doors and only replacing one window at a time. Universal Windows Direct is skilled at installing double hungs any time of year—winter included.

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 Is the Double Hung Window Right for You?

If you want a no-hassle, timeless window that maximizes energy savings, the double hung is likely the best pick for you. If you’d like an in-home demonstration on double hung windows on any other window style, get in touch with us today for a quote.

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