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Washington D.C. Double-Hung Windows

Versatile Double-Hung Windows Suit Washington D.C.’s Traditional-Style Homes

Washington D.C.’s varied architecture represents the robust history of our nation’s capital well. Like many historic cities, Washington D.C. is home to a variety of traditional styles, ranging from classic Colonial, ornate Beaux Arts and whimsical Tudor, to brightly colored Federal- and Victorian-style row houses. To accommodate this variety, D.C. homes need an adaptable window that blends an authentic, historic look with modern performance, and they’ve found it in the double-hung window.

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 D.C. homeowners.

Commonly known as: sash windows, hung sash windows

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Throughout Northern Virginia, history is juxtaposed with modernity. The traditional structures of Alexandria and Fairfax co-exist with the contemporary new builds of Arlington, Falls Church and McLean. Despite the variety, versatile double-hung windows can be adapted to suit them all.

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Recommended Customizations*

From the lines of grille patterns and finishes of hardware, there are myriad ways to customize your double-hung windows to honor both the history of your Washington D.C. home and your personal taste.


  • 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.

Washington D.C. Climate Recommendations

Officially classified as part of the humid subtropical climate zone, Northern Virginia experiences all four seasons and ample precipitation. Winters in the area can get chilly and even bring snow, while summers are hot and humid. Spring and fall are the most pleasant times of year, weather-wise. Ensure your double-hung windows are equipped to withstand NoVA’s climate conditions and maintain a comfortable indoor environment year-round.

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Diverse Climate

Prepare for cool winters and hot, humid summers with Pella® Impervia®. Our strong fiberglass is durable enough to withstand extreme heat and subzero cold.

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Low-E Protection

Keep your home comfortable year-round with Low-E insulating glass that keeps summer heat and winter chills out, helping energy costs stay down.

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Discreet Screens

Maximize natural light, fresh air and your view while keeping bugs out with our innovative Hidden Screen or Integrated Rolscreen®, which are only visible when your window is open.

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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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