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The Double Hung: An easy choice for window replacement

Double HungThe double hung window is probably the best known of all replacement windows. It consists of two vertical sashes that slide up and down in independent grooves. The construction of the window makes it possible for half the window space to be open at a time.

The popularity, ease of maintenance and care, and the durability of double hungs has contributed to the development of cosmetic variety, such that double hung windows are available in nearly any size, in multiple colors, and even with a variation of shapes. Are you tired of the traditional rectangular look? You can purchase your windows with rounded tops—called radius tops, or you can install a round or half-round transom above the rectangular window. Radius windows are made both with radius panes and with rectangular panes in a frame that has a curved top to give the window the rounded look. Furthermore, if the your old window frame is in good condition, there may be no need to replace it as double hungs are made to fit into the old frame.

Most double hung windows are also double glazed, which improves the cooling and heating efficiency of your home. Maintenance is made simple with vinyl, easy to clean sashes that tilt in and can be removed.

You will want to purchase your new windows from a reputable dealer. The supplier directory lists over 300,000 registered importers, exporters, manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers of double hung windows and their associated hardware. While it is relatively easy to find "cheap," it is worth your while to spend a little time to ensure the quality of a window that you would like to last as long as the house itself. Look first of all for a well-known, reputable manufacturer. Then look for a dealer in your area, or at least close enough to be able to make a reasonable delivery. Finally, if you need to have the windows installed, you want a dealer/installer who will do quality work in a timely fashion for an agreed upon price. Ask around. Watch for locations in your area where other people are installing new windows. Ask about the service and the quality of the work.

If you plan to install your new windows yourself, be sure to find out exactly what measurements your dealer needs so the correct size can be ordered. Search for quality windows that are easy to install and have clear, easy to follow directions.

With the variety of windows available, your new double hung windows will be easy to find. With a little care and advance planning, they will also be easy to install and will be enjoyed for many years to come.

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