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What’s the Most Popular Window Style in the U.S.?

If you drive around different neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities, you will notice that the homes differ from one another. Some stand out in unique ways and depending on the neighborhood, they have a variety of architectural details to show off the home.  One way home builders and designers do that is through the use of window styles.  So if you’re in the market for replacement windows, you might wonder what will work for you. With so many window styles to choose from, which is best for your home?  Which window style will make your home stand out from those around it?

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The type and style of home that you have will usually dictate the appropriate window style to choose. There are more common types of windows used in many homes, while other homes might have unique windows. It’s also common for homes to have a combination of window styles, depending on which part of the home they are in.  For example, the best window to use above a kitchen sink is one that is easily opened as you reach across the sink.  In this case, we often recommend a casement or slider window.

With the different options that are available in windows, would it surprise you to learn that the traditional window – the double hung window – remains the most popular with homeowners here in the U.S.?

What Are Double Hung Windows?

The double hung window is what most people will picture when thinking about windows.  This style has two separate sashes that lift up for easy opening and cleaning. There are two parts that move up and down, so you can have both sections of the window partially open at once.  The double hung window is an upgrade from the old single hung window, where only the bottom portion could move up and down.  Many historic homes around the Twin Cities that still have the original windows have the single hung style, though you will see quite a few double hung windows as well.  You can’t tell the difference by just looking at them, however; the appearance is the same.

Why They are More Popular

Despite there being so many other window styles to choose from, double hung windows remain popular for a number of reasons. If you’re considering these windows, you can take these factors into account:

  • Energy Efficiency – The double hung windows we install are very energy efficient. Because of the locking mechanism where the two sashes meet, when the lock is closed you get a very good seal.
  • Versatility – Because both sections of the window slide, you can open it from just the top (a great option if you have pets or small children and you’re concerned about safety) or just the bottom.
  • Great Ventilation – You can even partially open both sections at once for great air flow. Cool air comes in the bottom opening, warm air moves out the top.
  • Easier to Maintain – They are easier to clean than some other styles. Today’s modern double hung windows have sections that tilt in for easy of cleaning. No more dragging a ladder outdoors to do the outside of your windows!
  • Traditional Style – Because this is the style that most people associate with windows, you get a timeless appearance for your home. And they work well with just about any home. Have you got a Cape Cod or farmhouse style home?  Just add the optional grids. Modern high-tech home? Opt for sleek, slim frames with our Marvin fiberglass double hung windows.
  • More Functionality – One advantage that a double hung window has over other window styles is the ability to insert a window A/C unit or a fan. You can’t do that with a window like a casement or slider.


No matter what style your home is, the double hung window will work for it. Just give us a call and we would be more than happy to meet with you in your home and go over what’s available. And if you find you’d prefer another style of window, we can show you a variety of those as well.  We work with each customer to help them choose the best windows for their homes.



Window Outfitters is a premier Window Replacement, doors, siding contractor and installer. As Contractor in the St Paul, Minneapolis, (Twin Cities) Minnesota (MN) metro, we proudly serve, but are not limited to, the following areas: Minneapolis Energy Efficient Vinyl Windows, Replacement Window Contractors Minnesota, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Savage, Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, Eagan, St Paul, Hastings, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Eden Prairie, Farmington MN, Chaska, Shakopee, Chanhassen, Victoria, Mendota Heights Anderson Windows Minneapolis, Marvin Windows Minneapolis.