Replacing a Double Hung Window
By: Architectural Visions
Whether your windows are leaking, drafty, or broken, or you want to change your home’s aesthetic, it may be time to replace the windows. Because window replacements are an infrequent purchase — you may only replace them once during your time living in the home — familiarizing yourself with the replacement process is essential. Read on for the must-know information about replacing the double hung windows in your home.
Key takeaways for replacing a double hung window:
- Double hung windows are traditional, rectangular windows that are often found in homes with classic architectural style.
- Some telltale signs indicate it’s time for new windows, such as leaking windows, drafty windows, high energy bills, broken frames, or a desire to improve curb appeal.
- When it’s time to replace a double hung window, you can consider if you want to replace it with a newer double hung window or change your window style to a different style, such as a casement window.
- When it’s time to replace the window, contact a professional installer to take measurements, remove the old window and install the new window.
About double hung windows
Double hung windows are traditional, rectangular ones often found in homes with classic architectural styles, such as Craftsman, Colonial, or Cape Cod. They have two operable sashes — the top sash and the bottom sash. Both sashes slide up and down to provide maximum circulation and airflow in and out of the house. In addition, double hung windows typically have mullions, which are the vertical bars between the panes of glass.
Double-hung windows are smart choices for two-story homes because heat rises. This means the warm air can escape from the top sash, and the cool outside air can enter through the lower sash.
When to replace a double hung window
If you’re wondering when it’s time to replace your windows, some telltale signs indicate it’s time for new windows. Below are some of the most common reasons to invest in window replacements:
The windows are leaking
Water that enters through the window can result in condensation and water pooling around the windows. This moisture can result in rotted window frames, damage to the floors, a compromised foundation and increased heating and cooling bills.
A draft is coming in
Drafty windows not only let cold air come in but also increase your heating and air conditioning costs, as they’re not effective in controlling the amount of heat that enters and exits the house.
You have high energy bills
If the windows are ineffective, your energy bills may increase. So, if you notice your energy bills are increasing, the first place to check is the windows.
Broken window frames
Broken or decaying window frames can allow moisture to enter your home, resulting in mold. Over time, mold that develops in a home can result in health issues.
You want to improve curb appeal
New windows can transform the exterior façade if you want to add to your home’s curb appeal.
How to replace a double hung window
When it’s time to replace a double hung window, you can consider if you want to replace it with a newer double hung window or change your window style to a different type, such as a casement window. Or, if you want to take on a larger project, you can replace a first-floor double hung window with a picture window or bay window to let in more natural light. This would require more substantial work, which would include cutting into the home’s exterior.
Below are the most common steps to keep in mind when you’re replacing a double hung window:
- Contact a professional window installer.
- Schedule a professional to take measurements of the existing window to help you identify the best replacement option.
- Order the windows that are the best functional and aesthetic fit for your home.
- A professional will remove the old window, assess the window opening and determine the best installation method.
- An installation expert will balance and align the window, insulate the surrounding area and install the double hung window.
- The professional will complete the coordinating molding, trim and exterior siding to complete the project.
AVI Windows & Doors
Turn to a professional to help you install and replace a double hung window by contacting the experts at AVI. AVI is your one-stop shop for all types of window replacement projects, with in-person and online service options. Please don’t hesitate to contact us online or come by one of our Southeast locations and let us help you!