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Single Hung Replacement Windows

Single hung windows are the simplified, streamlined version of their more popular cousin the double hung. Single hung windows have a fixed top sash and an operable bottom one, whereas the double hung has two operable sashes. If you’re wondering if single hung windows are the right choice for your window installation, this guide will provide you with all the details needed. Read below for more information on the features, pros and cons, pricing, and other details of single hung windows.

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Single Hung Windows Guide

Single hung windows are an inexpensive option with the same classic look as double hung windows. The tall, narrow, vertically operating frames of single hung windows compliment every style of home and are extremely customizable to your desired taste and style. The movable sash can be locked for security with a variety of hardware mechanisms. The popularity of double and single hung windows also means they come in many different standard dimensions, so you have a better chance of finding a window that fits with your home.

Pros and Cons

  • Single hung windows are less expensive than similarly styled double hung windows.
  • Single hung windows are low maintenance.
  • Many manufacturers offer tilt-sash features, which allow the operable sash to swing in, making cleaning easy.

  • Single hung windows do not improve ventilation as well as double hung windows.
  • Single hung windows do not have as much versatility in customizable aspects like material or color as the more popular double hung style.

Glass Types

Most windows are double pane (with two layers of glass), but can be upgraded to triple pane for increased energy efficiency. This upgrade initially makes for a more expensive window, but over time lowers energy bills. Regardless of how many panes you choose, single hung windows can also come with tempered glass and insulated glass upgrades as well. Tempered glass is stronger and can handle impact better than non-tempered glass. Insulated glass contributes to energy efficiency and can retain heat better than non-insulated glass.

Frame Materials

Single hung windows come in every window material available, including vinyl, wood, and composite fiberglass. Vinyl windows are on the less expensive side of the price spectrum, whereas wood and composite frames will be more expensive. Wood and composite frames are stronger than vinyl, but if you compare longevity and upkeep of materials vinyl and composite will not deteriorate due to weathering as quickly as wood. If your priority is weatherproofing even the most extreme conditions and achieving high energy efficiency, explore the unique fiberglass offerings from each manufacturer. If you want a statement piece, wood windows are an effective choice that also hold value in sturdiness. To learn more about how these frame materials compare, check out our vinyl vs. wood windows guide. The material you select for your window will depend on your budget, design aesthetic, and desired features.

Single Hung Windows Cost

The price of single hung windows can vary by brand, frame material, size and additional features. A loose cost frame of single hung window installations is anywhere from $150 to $400. Many brands offer a standard series of single hung windows, with options for features and hardware, so the market offers plenty of flexibility.

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