If you need to replace some windows in your house, you are going to need to determine what style of replacement windows you want to install. The three most popular styles of replacement windows that you can open up for ventilation are sliding windows, single-hung windows and double-hung windows.
Sliding windows are generally larger shaped windows. With a sliding window, you can slide one of the panels horizontally in order to get some ventilation. Depending on the set-up of the window, you may be able to slide the window open half-way, or you may be able to fully slide the window open over the other pane of glass. Both panes of glass are generally the same size. On most sliding glass windows, one of the panes of glass is stationary and the other pane of glass is movable, so you need to know what side of your window you want to be able to open before you choose and install the window.
Single-hung windows are designed to open vertically up and down. With a single-hung window, the top piece of glass stays in place and does not move. You can open and close the bottom piece of glass.
In an effort to be easier to clean, some single-hung windows now employee a design that allows you to pull the lower sash inward, so you can more easily clean the outside of the bottom half of the window.
Double-hung windows are generally very popular because of their versatility. Like a single-hung window, with a double-hung window opens vertically up and down. The big difference between a single-hung window and a double-hung window though is that you can move both pieces of glass – the top and the bottom sash of the window. You can open both a little bit, so you have airflow from the top and bottom at the same time. Or you can open just the bottom or top.
The one thing to remember though is that with a double-hung window, the screen generally only fits on one part of the window. For example, you may put the screen on the bottom, so when you open the bottom sash, there is a screen to keep the bugs out. But if you open the top sash, there will not be a screen in place to keep the bugs out.
When choosing a window style, think about how you want to open the window. Do you want to be able to open the window vertically or horizontally? How you want to open your window will dedicate the style of window that you choose.