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    Double Hung Windows FAQ

    Double Hung Windows | FAQ

    Many homeowners opt for double-hung windows. Using either the bottom or top sash, these types of windows slide up and down providing for better ventilation and air circulation. Replacement double-hung windows are a great choice for rooms facing walkways, porches, or patios because they slide open and closed, requiring no additional opening space.

    If you are planning on replacing the windows in your home, double hung windows are a worthwhile consideration, especially given their popularity among San Francisco homeowners. Call us (888) 853-6277 to request a quote!

    To help you make an informed decision when planning on window replacement project, Best Exteriors created the question-and-answer guide to double hung windows.


    Q: Do double-hung windows cost a lot?

    A: This question can yield a variety of results. Many different factors affect the price of double-hung windows, including the size, the frame, and the energy efficiency of the window.


    Prices for double-hung windows typically start as low as $99 per unit, but you can’t determine the actual cost until you schedule a free in-home estimate. A window replacement cost estimate is the most accurate way to determine how much you’ll need to spend on the windows itself and the installation.


    Q: Can I save energy with double-hung windows?

    A: The installation of new windows can certainly help save energy. Nevertheless, you should keep in mind that your windows should have several important components to ensure maximum energy savings.

    While choosing the glass package for your new double-hung windows, ensure that it includes the following:

    • Dual or triple pane glass: Dual panes can help you save energy, but triple panes can significantly reduce your bills.
    • Argon or krypton gas: Gases that are energy efficient do not emit any odors or colors. When manufacturing dual- or triple-pane windows, they are inserted between the panes. Denser than air, these gases provide more thermal efficiency for the windows. Since it’s both effective and cost-effective, argon is a popular choice.
    • Energy Star certification: Windows that have achieved Energy Star certification are the most energy-efficient windows on the market.


    Q: What is the best time to upgrade to double hung windows?

    A: Sometimes it’s difficult to tell if your windows need to be replaced. You might think that everything is alright with your current windows since they look fine, but not necessarily. Several factors can indicate whether your double hung windows need replacing.

    The first thing to consider is the age and quality of the windows. A low-quality window will last about 7 years or so. A high-quality window should last at least 15 years, if not longer.

    The next step is to take a look at your energy bills. There are seasonal fluctuations in your monthly bill, but if your bill is consistently increasing, it could be due to your windows.

    Checking for drafts is another method to determine whether your windows need replacing. If you feel the drafts in the frame with your hand or seeing the curtains slightly flutter when the wind blows, you should consider a replacement. You can detect smaller drafts by lighting an incense stick on a windy day and holding it against the window frame. When the wind blows outside, the smoke will move subtly.


    Q: Is it possible to install double-hung windows in the winter?

    A: Any window style, including double hung windows, can be installed in the winter, especially given the mild San Francisco winter weather.

    When replacing windows during the winter, special precautions have to be taken, such as shutting all interior doors and replacing one window at a time. Regardless of the season, Best Exteriors can install double-hung windows for you.


    Q: Are the double hung windows right for me?

    A: The double hung might be your best pick if you’re looking for a no-hassle, timeless window that maximizes your energy savings. You can request a quote or an in-home demonstration of double-hung windows or any other window style by getting in touch with us today.


    Q: How do I determine which material is best for the frames of double hung windows?

    A: There are two main types of double-hung window frames: wood and vinyl. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

    The warmth of wood window frames adds to the comfort of the home. They are a classic choice and complement a variety of architectural styles. The frames can also be stained or painted in any color you want. However, they are more difficult to maintain, which is the downside to wood windows. The wood on your windows can rot if you neglect maintenance. During the worst-case scenario of rotting, wood window frames can crumble.

    Direct sunlight may also cause the frames to fade in color. Long warm San Francisco summer season will affect the frames if they are not well-maintained.


    Fortunately, vinyl window frames do not have these problems. Vinyl window frames have been specifically engineered to withstand even the harshest elements. Due to vinyl frames’ inability to hold moisture, you will not have to worry about rotting. Even though rain may accumulate on frames during a storm, it won’t result in rot.


    The aesthetics of vinyl frame windows are just as flexible as those of wood. There is a wide variety of colors available for these frames, and we also offer wood-clad windows. Featuring a vinyl frame on the interior and a wood frame on the exterior, these windows can provide you with the best of both worlds.


    Q: What is the best way to clean double hung windows?

    A: Given San Francisco’s mild rainy winters and dusty dry summers, there is no doubt that double-hung windows are among the easiest to clean. This window style eliminates the need to climb ladders and overcome your fear of heights.

    The reason for this is that the double hung window is built with a tilt-in sash. The sash can be opened by pressing the release buttons on both sides and pulling it toward you.  Once it’s opened you can clean the glasses and frames using your chosen cleaning product. In order to remove stubborn dirt from the track, rinse the track with a bit of vinegar and baking soda and allow it to soak for a few minutes. Use a toothbrush to clean the track, and then use a paper towel to remove the remaining residue.

    Interested in double hung windows in San Francisco? Contact Best Exteriors for a consultation or request a quote online or call us (888) 853-6277!


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