Knowing your priorities will help you find the best value in windows.
Synopsis: The double-hung window remains one of the most popular window styles in the country. Contributing writer Scott Gibson breaks down the buying decision for double-hungs into four categories. The first is energy efficiency, the second is durability, the next is appearance and the final category is functionality.
The venerable double-hung sash window has been letting light and air into American homes as long as there’s been an America, and it remains one of the most popular window types in the country. And while they’ve come a long way from those early “wind holes,” you can still buy double-hungs with essentially the same chain-and-weight mechanism that made them the talk of Europe in the mid-1600s.
Double-hungs today are all about choice—and price. A budget 2-ft. by 3-ft. window with a vinyl frame and double-pane glazing costs as little as $100 at a home center. Or you can…