Slider Windows vs. Double-Hung Windows

A close up of a home's exterior painted red with a double-hung window off to the left side.

Replacing your home’s windows isn’t a decision you should take lightly. In fact, there are plenty of options that have their own unique advantages to benefit your home! Two of the most popular types of windows are sliding windows and double-hung windows. You may think that they are one in the same, but you’d be mistaken! Sliding windows and double-hung windows have some differences that separate them from each other. We go over the most notable ones below!


The biggest – and most obvious – difference between double-hung and sliding windows is the way they are oriented. Depending on what room you’re looking to add windows to, it may end up being the deciding factor! Double-hung windows have a vertical orientation, so their two frames run from top to bottom. Slider windows, on the other hand, have a horizontal orientation, so their two frames run from side to side. This quality is especially important for the size of the room you’re in! Smaller rooms will benefit best from double-hung windows.

Natural Light

Believe it or not, the orientation of double-hung and sliding windows plays a big role in how much natural light it can bring in. Sliding windows can actually bring in more light than their vertical counterparts! It gives you a great view of the landscape and plenty of room for sunlight to pour in and light up the room. Double-hung windows can’t bring in as much natural light because they’re narrow, meaning that there’s only so much light it can spread around the room. By definition, sliding windows are superior in terms of insulation as well, as they bring more warm sunlight into the room during winter.


Did you know that double-hung windows are actually the superior window style in terms of operability? Double hung windows can be opened from both panes to allow for fantastic ventilation and ease of access. The panes can be removed easily for quick cleaning and maintenance. Sliding windows, on the other hand, open in a similar fashion but are way harder to clean. If you’re looking to use them in a second story window, you’ll likely need to hire professionals to get them cleaned. 

Replacement Windows With Bay State Exteriors

When it comes to home exterior maintenance, there’s nobody that does it better than Bay State Exteriors! We can replace your windows in a variety of styles and options to make sure your home is protected from the elements. To learn more about our replacement windows and other services, contact us today!

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