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Types of Windows: Double Hung Windows

Jun 18

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This blog post, the first of a four-part series highlighting the most popular types of windows on the market, will focus on the most popular style of window in the United States today—the double hung window.

Double hung windows have risen to great popularity due to their classic aesthetics and flexible operation capabilities.

History of Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows were first introduced in the United Kingdom. Their creation is generally attributed to Robert Hooke, a surveyor in London and an assistant to a prominent architect in the city. Double hung windows first emerged after the Great Fire of 1666 in London, although the exact date is not known. The oldest known double hung windows date back to the 1670s and look remarkably similar to double hung windows still produced today.

Double hung windows rose to popularity in the United States following World War II when massive homebuilding projects emerged to house returning soldiers in the nation’s newly created suburbs, where they cemented their position as a leading fenestration product—remaining there even today.

What Are Double Hung Windows?

Double hung windows are a style of window in which both sashes in the frame are operable. This differs from single hung windows where the top sash is fixed in place and cannot move or tilt in. Double hung windows generally feature sashes that are capable of tilting inward for easy cleaning—allowing you to more easily and quickly clean your windows.

Weather Shield Double Hung Windows

Weather Shield offers several models of double hung windows designed to appeal to a wide range of homeowners. Whether you’re looking for an affordably priced vinyl window, an environmentally friendly fiberglass window, or an architectural-grade product, we have the double hung window for you. We offer thousands of potential design and color combinations, so we are confident you’ll find the perfect window for your project.

Aspire Series – Vinyl-Clad Double Hung Windows

Aspire Series double hung windows offer a classic look and the warmth of a wood interior, yet the vinyl-clad exterior makes them low-maintenance. Both top and bottom sash operate up and down with ease and can be tilted in or removed for easy cleaning. Many styles are available, including radius top, eyebrow, picture combination units, as well as double hung bay units.

To learn more about our Aspire Series double hung windows, click here.

EnduraShield Series – Fiberglass Double Hung Windows

EnduraShield double hung windows offer a classic look that stands the test of time. Tilt latches allow the top and bottom sashes to tilt in or be removed for easy cleaning. Enjoy the beauty of wood interiors with the strength and durability of fiberglass cladding on the exterior.

To learn more about our EnduraShield Series double hung windows, click here.

Signature Series – Aluminum-Clad Double Hung Windows

Signature Series double hung windows boast authentic, traditional aesthetics that will give your project a timeless look. Signature Series double hung windows feature an extruded aluminum exterior with a real wood interior. Sashes tilt in or can be removed for easy cleaning. Many double hung styles are available, including cottage, oriel, and double hung bay units.

To learn more about our Signature Series double hung windows, click here.

Premium Series – Architectural-Grade Aluminum-Clad Double Hung Windows Shield Premium Series™ double hung windows feature all the details of a historic wood window but with the latest in advanced innovations. From the architecturally correct proportions to the flawless sightlines created by the wood jamb liner and hidden tilt latches, this double hung was made for today’s fine homes.

To learn more about our Premium Series double hung windows, click here.

Find a Local Weather Shield Dealer in Your Area

If you are thinking about replacing your windows and are interested in learning more about our double hung window options, we have an extensive dealer network throughout the country. We make finding a reputable replacement window contractor easy and stress-free. Simply visit our dealer locator, enter your zip code, and choose from a dealer close to you!

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