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New England Double-Hung Windows

Timeless Double-Hung Windows Suit Traditional and Modern New England Homes

As the setting of some of the country’s earliest and most significant moments, New England is unsurprisingly home to many historic districts, all brimming with a range of traditional architectural styles. From Portsmouth to Portland, you’re sure to see your fair share of imposing Colonials, understated Greek Revivals, classic capes, charming ranch-styles and more. Despite the variety in looks, however, their tastes are much more closely aligned when it comes to windows.

Double-hung windows, also known as sash 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 New England homeowners.

Commonly known as: sash windows, hung sash windows

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New England is home to many historic home styles, but you’ll also find more modern ranches and townhomes now and again. Versatile double-hung windows are a suitable choice for the variety of home styles found in New Hampshire and Maine.

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With traditional architecture so prevalent around New England, you’ll want your double-hung windows to help reinforce that historic integrity. Choosing the right features will do the trick. Consider grille patterns that break up the larger panels of glass into individual panes, as this is a trademark of historic homes. Hardware in timeless finishes like white, champagne or oil-rubbed bronze can maintain the traditional look of your double-hung windows, while a sleek matte black finish would add a subtle contemporary twist.


  • Traditional Grille Pattern
  • Cross Grille Pattern
  • New England Grille Pattern
  • Custom 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.

New England Climate Recommendations

As part of the humid continental climate zone, New Hampshire and Maine both experience cold winters, warm summers and moderate falls and springs. Precipitation is common year-round. In the winter, this brings ample snowfall, and in warmer months, rain. Keep your New England home protected from local environmental factors and comfortable all year long with durable and energy-efficient window features.

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Salty Air

In coastal areas like Portsmouth and Portland, 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 coating may help keep your home insulated, blocking out the cold and helping keep the heat in.

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Dual-Pane Glass

Need to cut your energy costs? Invest in energy-efficient dual-pane windows that are filled 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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