If you’re considering window installation or replacement, it can be difficult to navigate the many different styles of windows now available on the market. Casement and double-hung windows are two of the most popular models available—knowing the difference between the two can help you optimize your renovation and ensure that your new choice complements both your style and needs. Read on to learn about the important differences between casement windows and double-hung windows!

Modern and Stylish Casement Windows

Casement windows can perfectly complement a modern home. The most important difference to note is the addition of a crank that can be operated by one hand. Your new casement window will open outwardly, away from your home’s interior. Here are some of the major defining features of casement windows:

  • Work will on greater heights (above a kitchen sink, for example) as they can be easily opened with one hand 
  • Provide a clearer view (the absence of a sash leaves your view completely unobstructed)
  • Provide the tightest seal possible and greatest energy efficiency
  • Convenient for older homeowners or those with limited mobility
  • Are easy to clean

Traditional Double-Hung Windows

If it’s a traditional aesthetic you’re after, double-hung windows are the perfect fit for your next window installation. Double-hung windows move up and down their frame—some allow movement of both the top and bottom panes while others allow only the bottom pane to move. The most important features of double-hung windows are as follows:

  • Function well as all-purpose windows and can work well in any room
  • Fit well with historical homes
  • Can accommodate window air conditioning units where casement windows can’t
  • Last longer and need less maintenance due to fewer moving parts
  • Some newer models can tilt inwards for easy cleaning

In short, if you’re looking for a modern style and maximum efficiency, casement windows are the way to go. Alternatively, if you’re aiming for a low-maintenance traditional aesthetic, double-hung windows are the optimal choice for your window replacement needs. Regardless of your ultimate choice, we hope you enjoy the view!