Selecting the right window style for your home and family can be a difficult decision when you’re replacing your home’s windows. If you’re trying to choose between the two most popular types in the New Jersey and New York Metro area, — casements and double hungs — the decision can be especially difficult. Each style is special in its own way, and has its own features benefits. Knowing the pros and cons of each type of window can help you decide which style is best for your home.

Pros and Cons for Double Hung Replacement Windows

Double hung windows have two moveable sashes that slide up and down on a track. With Renewal by Andersen windows, each sash can tilt inward for easy cleaning from inside your home, which makes this window style perfect for homeowners with two-story houses who want to clean their windows regularly and safely.

Other pros of double hung windows include:

  • Elegance and charm – Double hung windows have classic beauty that appeals to many homeowners and looks good on houses of many different styles.
  • Flexibility – Sashes on double hung windows can be configured in many ways, because both sashes slide up and down on a track. This is good for ventilation and also just gives homeowners more options: ventilation from top, from bottom or half and half.

Compared to casement windows, double hung windows have only one significant downside: at least half of the window is always covered by a sash, no matter what position those sashes are in. If maximum airflow is important to you, casement windowss may be the right style of window for your home!

Pros and Cons for Casement Replacement Windows

Casement windows are hinged on the side and open and close with help from a turn crank located near the base of the window. The crank means that casements are easy to open and close, even for people who can’t stand up to lift their window.

Other advantages of casement windows include:

  • Air flow – Casement windows open with a hinge on the side of the window, so the sash opens like a door. This allows maximum air flow into the home, because it’s possible to open the window fully, with no parts of the window covered by a sash.
  • Beauty – Casement windows are lovely and have a traditional style that has been used in homes for centuries.

What are the downsides? If you clean your windows regularly and have a two-story home, then casement windows may present some challenges. On smaller casements, you may be able to open your casement window fully and have space between the frame and exterior glass to slide your arm and clean the outside glass, but on larger windows, your arm just might not reach. In these cases, consider double hung windows for your needs.

Choosing the Right Replacement Window for Your Home

Not sure how to pick the right windows for your home? Come to the Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro showroom to see each window style in action. Seeing windows in person can help you make this difficult decision with certainty.

For more information about all the window styles and your upcoming window replacement, make an appointment for a free consultation. Call the toll-free number 1-888-826-2451 or fill out the short form on this page.


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