Having new windows installed is an effective way to improve the appearance, comfort, and energy efficiency of your Atlanta, Georgia, home. However, many homeowners are unsure of which style of window they should choose. Two of the most common styles are double-hung and casement, and below we take a look at the features and benefits of each to help you decide which may be right for you.
Double-hung windows are the most common style of windows on homes in America, and for good reason. They feature two operable sashes, of which the bottom is the one primarily used. However, if you’d like to get some fresh air but don’t want a pet or small child to be able to access the open window, you can simply pull down the upper sash a bit. Also, you can open both the lower and upper sashes at the same time, which creates a cross breeze effect that pulls fresh air in through the bottom opening while warm interior air is drawn out through the top opening. Double-hung windows are also known for being easier to clean than some other window styles. Most double-hung windows have “tilt-in” sashes which allow you to clean both the inside and outside surfaces of the window from within your home. That means you won’t have to worry about getting up on a ladder to clean the outsides of your windows.
On a casement window, the sash is attached to the frame by a hinge along the side. Casement windows open and close like doors, pivoting along the vertical axis, and many have crank handles for operation. The crank handle makes opening and closing casement windows very easy, and so, for hard-to-reach areas, this style is often a better option than a double-hung window. Many casement windows also have hook-shaped locks that are embedded in the frames which provides exceptional home security against potential break-ins. What’s more, because casement windows can be opened up to 90 degrees, they provide more versatility when it comes to catching breezes and keeping fresh air coming into your home.
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