Casement and double-hung windows are equally energy-efficient and beautiful, and the “best” one for you and your home depends on many factors.
What’s the Difference Between Casement and Double-Hung Windows?
Again, casement windows and double-hung windows are both terrific choices for your home. A lot hinges (pun intended) on the glass you choose as double- vs. triple-pane glass is a big factor in energy efficiency and cost.
And because Zen Windows Columbus guarantees workmanship and materials, you’ll enjoy whichever style you choose for a lifetime. Here are the point-for-point comparisons for casement and double-hung windows:
Casement windows can be problematic if open during a big wind. Double-hung windows can be difficult to raise and lower.
Casement windows appear more contemporary with clean, geometric lines. Double-hung windows are a traditional style but blend well with modern architecture.
Casement windows are easy to operate and allow breezes to enter directly into your home. Double-hung windows are safer with small children; you can lock the lower window in place and open the upper window.
Casement windows are hinged on one side. They swing outward, horizontally, when opened and closed by a crank.
Casement windows are more wheelchair-friendly than double-hung windows.
Casement windows have more mechanical parts than double-hung windows. Your casement window’s crank is usually the first to need repair. Less can go wrong with double-hung windows, but the lower window dropping and refusing to raise is usually the first problem.
Casements cost more than double-hung windows, sometimes twice as much.
Casements operate with a crank, which is easy to turn, but it’s sometimes a lot like work when you have many casement windows to open and close at the same time. Double-hung windows operate by hand, which may be more physically challenging for some.
Casements swing out like a door to open. Double-hung windows slide vertically.
Double-hung windows are easier to clean. The outsides of casement windows are difficult to clean.
Double-hung windows are more popular than casement windows.
Double-hung windows seal very effectively. Casement windows seal even more tightly than double-hung.
Double-hung windows slide vertically, up and down. You’re familiar with single-hung windows: The upper panel, or sash, is fixed, and the bottom slides up and down. With double-hung windows, both the upper and lower sashes slide vertically to open and close.
Double-pane windows are best if you have shrubs near the exterior of your house. Casement window swings could hit your plants.
If the view is your priority, casement windows are a better choice because double-hung windows are divided where the upper and lower sashes meet.
Screens go inside casement windows and outside double-hung windows.
Window air conditioners won’t fit in casement windows but can be used with double-hung windows.
Still not sure which window style is right for you? No problem. Our hassle-free quote will be provided within one business day, and you can take all the time you need to decide. We don’t require a home visit, and you don’t have to worry about upsells, hard sells, or upfront deposits with Zen Windows. In fact, you pay nothing until your project is complete. That’s the Zen Windows difference you’ve heard about.
Contact Zen Windows Columbus or call (877) 583-0423 to discuss your replacement window options. We believe the best time for your window replacement project is when you’re ready.