Double-hung windows are one of the most popular window styles for Philadelphia homes. You probably see them daily when you drive past the homes in your neighborhood. They offer many benefits and are very versatile when it comes to styles.
Let’s learn more about the benefits of double-hung windows and what options Pella offers.
Benefits of Double-Hung Windows
Energy efficiency is another great benefit of double-hung windows. You can choose from double- or triple-pane glass with argon gas between the panes to help insulate your windows, leading to better energy efficiency. Energy-efficient windows can help keep your home comfortable year-round and lower your utility bills. Our professional installers can make sure to tightly install and secure your new windows to ensure that no drafts will occur.
This Zionsville, PA homeowner was tired of dealing with their old drafty windows. They were bringing so much air into the home that the homeowner had to put plastic wrap around the windows. They knew it was time for an upgrade, so they called us! We installed wood double-hung windows because they provide excellent energy efficiency and ventilation — and are easy to use.
Double-hung windows are easy to clean and easy to use. They lock securely and tightly and have safety features to prevent them from opening too far. To clean the window, you can simply tilt in both sashes. With this feature, you can easily clean the interior and exterior of your windows without ever having to step outside, making double-hung windows great for two- and three-story homes.
Design Ideas for Double-Hung Windows
Incorporate Them Into Any Room
Double-hung windows are great for every room in your home. For example, you can add curb appeal to your home by having them in your front rooms. In addition, replacement double-hung windows bring in tons of natural light, ventilation and style to your living room area. Other fantastic placement options for double-hung windows include behind the kitchen sink, in your bathroom next to the tub, besides your dining room table or in a nook area of your home.
Add Design Accents
Double-hung windows are also versatile; you can use them in combination with other windows or use accessories like grilles to completely transform their look. For example, you can add traditional grilles to create a charming look and break up the glass space. Another option is to add prairie grilles that seem to outline the window. Top-row grilles are a typical pattern on double-hung windows because they have an unobstructed bottom sash while the top sash adds style and character.
Create Stunning Window Combinations
You can also use double-hung windows in combination with other windows. For example, arched windows are popular in traditional homes. Therefore, you can have two double-hung windows side-by-side and add a custom half-circle window above them to achieve such a look.
This York, PA homeowner, for example, was building an addition on their home to entertain their guests better. They contacted us for their windows needs; their goal was to match the new windows with the existing ones around the home. Double-hung windows are versatile, so they were a great option for the home. The new white vinyl windows stand out against the home’s darker siding and allow guests an easy-to-use, high-quality window.
Another feature that can make your double-hung windows unique is switching up their size. For example, you can choose to have narrow windows to fit your space. Narrower double-hung windows can also be used in combination with other windows, like putting them on either side of a larger picture window.
Double-hung windows are also great in numbers. Having two, three or four double-hung windows side by side is a great way to take up wall space to reap the benefits of natural sunlight and ventilation. For instance, adding three double-hung windows along a large wall in your front living room can add curb appeal to the exterior while illuminating the room and creating airflow.
Customize the Colors and Finishes
Color is another excellent customization you have available on your double-hung windows. White, black and wood-stained double-hung windows are popular choices for Philadelphia homes. White windows are a great option for neutral aesthetics. Black windows can make a bold statement with your existing style and color choices. For example, putting black windows against white walls or siding instantly makes them stand out.
Double-hung windows offer lots of functionality but can also modernize your home. For example, we fitted this New Hope, PA, colonial home with new black, double-hung windows. The new wood black-clad and black-stained windows were able to add a modern aesthetic without losing the historic appeal. In addition, the double-hung windows really pop against the white siding and will continue to allow for ventilation and curb appeal.
Wood windows are a fantastic showcase of natural beauty, so enhance your double-hung windows by staining the wood. We offer a variety of stains to help you bring a warm, natural feel to your home.
Double-hung windows remain a top choice for many reasons — from their performance, style, functionality and beyond. Schedule a free in-home consultation to learn more about double-hung windows and start your project today.