When looking at replacement windows for your home, you may discover that there are two main options you find attractive: sliding windows and double-hung windows. How do these windows differ, and which is the better buy for your window needs? Let’s compare them.


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Sliding vs. Double Hung Windows: What’s the Difference?

●      Sliding Windows

Often referred to as a slider or gliding windows, sliding windows have sashes that slide either left or right in a single frame. A two-lite sliding window has two independent sashes that slide horizontally. Both sides of the window can be opened at the same time, which allows for optimum ventilation throughout your home.


The slim, vertical lines give the window a clean, elegant look that also gives you maximum visibility of the outdoors. Window World Twin Cities sliding windows feature dual brass rollers and fully integrated lift rails that allow for smooth operation for the life of your windows.

●      Double-Hung Windows

Double-hung windows have two sashes in a single frame—both capable of sliding up and down independently for greater ventilation. The automatic tilt-in sashes on the top and bottom of the window make cleaning stress-free. This window style features custom-tuned balance systems and fully-integrated sashes, which allows for smooth operation.


Double-hung windows have triple window seals and multiple bulb seals that provide one of the best air infiltration ratings in the industry. This window style also allows you to effortlessly remove the screen for easy cleaning.

What is the Best Placement for Each Window Style?

●      Siding Windows

Sliding windows are best used for window openings where the width is greater than the height. They are typically found in rooms that need maximum ventilation, where an unobstructed view is desired. Sliding windows are also common in areas that are hard to reach, such as above a kitchen sink or behind a garden or soaking tub. If you’re looking to add a focal point to your space, sliding windows are also perfect as picture windows in living or dining rooms, while still providing the option for ventilation.

●      Double-Hung Windows

Double-hung windows are best used for window openings where the height is greater than the width. The window sash remains flush with the wall when the window is open, which makes double-hung windows a great choice for areas open to walkways, patios, and decks. Because of their low-profile design and ease of cleaning, double-hung windows can be placed almost anywhere in your home. Their versatility also makes them very popular with homeowners.

Order Your Windows from Window World Today!

Window World Twin Cities provides industry-leading sliding windows from reputable manufacturers you know and trust. No matter your home’s design, we have the perfect window product for you.  To schedule a free consultation, call us at 651-770-5570, or you can message us on our contact page.

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