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Annapolis Double-Hung Windows

Timeless Double-Hung Windows Suit Traditional and Modern Annapolis Homes

From its prominent Colonial-era presence to its significant role in Union operations during the Civil War, Annapolis’s rich history is evident in the smattering of formidable Palladians, ornate Second Empires and charming bungalows found around the city today. But, while traditional styles may be prevalent, Annapolis’s position on the Chesapeake Bay and desirable coastal living conditions are fueling contemporary renovations and new construction, which can be seen in the modern Cape Cods and Tidewaters dotting its shoreline. Despite this variety of architectural styles, double-hung windows remain a constant among them.

Also known as sash windows, double-hung windows feature two operable sashes that slide vertically within the frame, so you can open the top or bottom sash for enhanced ventilation. Beyond the additional airflow, their ease-of-operation and timeless look make double-hung windows a popular pick among Annapolis homeowners.

Commonly known as: sash windows, hung sash windows

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Although architectural styles vary throughout the area, Annapolis residents continue to choose double-hung windows. Here are a handful of ways they’re making this versatile style complement the look and feel of their homes.

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Recommended Customizations*

Whether you want to reinforce your home’s historic integrity or add a contemporary twist, your double-hung windows can help you achieve this with the right customizations. Here are some ideas for a range of Annapolis homes.


  • Traditional Grille Pattern
  • Cross Grille Pattern
  • Custom Grille Pattern
  • Special Grille Pattern
  • Top Row Grille Pattern


  • Classic Collection Spoon-Style Lock
  • Cam-Action Lock
  • Essential Collection Sash Lift
  • Rustic Collection Sash Lift

*Not all customizations are available in all Pella product lines.

Annapolis Climate Recommendations

Located along the Eastern Seaboard, Annapolis has a humid subtropical climate and is no stranger to muggy summers, cool winters and steady year-round precipitation. While its proximity to the Chesapeake Bay lends itself to more moderate temperatures than areas further inland, it introduces other environmental factors to be wary of when preparing for a window replacement. The following recommendations can help your new double-hung windows withstand local climate conditions and maintain a comfortable environment year-round.

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Salty Air

In coastal areas like Annapolis, windows are more vulnerable to corrosion from the salt in the air. With durable materials like fiberglass or vinyl, your double-hung windows can better maintain their integrity.

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Low-E Protection

Keep warm in the winter by helping to reduce the heat loss from your home. Windows with Low-E glass may help keep your home insulated, blocking out the cold and helping keep the heat in.

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Dual-Pane Glass

Want to cut your energy costs? Invest in energy-efficient dual-pane windows that fill with insulating gas for added thermal efficiency.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  •   I need new windows. Where do I start?
  •   Why should I choose energy-efficient windows?
    • Choosing energy efficient windows is one of the most important considerations to realize a good return on investment for a window replacement. But there are a lot of factors, including proper installation, window material, and glass type that will eventually determine how much improved thermal performance and comfort you’ll see in your home. Learn more.

  •   What are the benefits of replacing my windows?
    • Energy efficiency, reduced noise and curb appeal are chief among the key benefits of replacing your windows. Learn more about how replacement windows can represent an investment in your home.

  •   How do I open the lower and/or upper sash of my vinyl double-hung window?
    • To open the lower sash on your double- or single-hung window, unlock the sash and push it up.

      To open the upper sash on your double hung window, you will first need to unlock the lower sash. Then, pull down on the top of the upper sash to lower it. The upper sash on a single hung window does not open or close.

      If the window becomes difficult to raise or lower, remove any deposits - such as grease, oil or stains - that may have come in contact with the weatherstrip, apply a small amount of concentrated fabric cleaner or carpet cleaner - such as Spray-n-Wash®, OxiClean® Fabric Cleaner or Resolve® Carpet Cleaner - to the weatherstrip. Scrub the cleaner into the weatherstrip with a toothbrush or similar applicator. Continue applying cleaner until the deposits are no longer visible. Rinse the weatherstrip with clean water, and dry with a paper towel. Pella also recommends using a dry silicone spray or a thin layer of paraffin wax such as Teflon Dry Lubricant or Gulf Wax.  Do not use oily lubricants; they attract dust and grime, which will eventually restrict the window's movement. Once you have cleaned the weatherstrip, check to make sure weatherstrip is aligned properly on the sides (or jambs) of the window. 

      To check weatherstrip alignment, tilt the sash toward you and firmly press on the weatherstrip until it is properly seated in the frame on both sides of the window. Then, tilt the window into its normal operating position and check for proper window operation.

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