Types of Double Hung Windows

Written by AnonymousApril 21, 2011

Looking at the Different Types of Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows are the most common type of window in America. They’re often taller than they are wide and there’s only one way to operate them. You raise them up to open, and lower them to close. These windows have a traditional appearance, so you’ll almost always find them in traditional homes. 

Double hung windows come in a variety of materials such as aluminum, fiberglass, vinyl, and wood, but the variety stops here. Other types of windows come in a variety of styles, but double hungs only have a few. They are:

  • Traditional double hung windows are always rectangular with dividers called muntins. The muntins divide the individual panes of glass. On newer models, the muntins are an accessory, so they snap on. All traditional double hung windows slide up and down and they’re strong enough to hold an air conditioner snugly in place.
  • Round double hung windows are also called "round top” windows. They look like traditional casement windows with one major difference. The top of the window is round rather than rectangle shaped. These windows are often used on newer homes to achieve a more modern and sophisticated look.

Although double hung windows don’t come in a variety of styles, they’re the most common type of replacement window because they’re versatile. Double hung windows can replace just about any current window without having to alter the frame and trim.

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