Use our guide below to determine if single hung windows are right for your next project. Compare strengths and weaknesses of single hung windows, glass options, grid / grill patterns, and window screens.
Single Hung window replacement can cost as little as $249 pending the installation details or as much as $822 or more per window depending on your choice in size, hardware, functionality, style, glass type, and more.
Single hung windows are sash type windows that open vertically with a fixed top sash. These are widely used by builders as a cost saving measure yet look like a traditional double hung.
One of the most common types of window replacement that we do is upgrading single hung windows to double hung windows. This upgrade will increase the functionality of the window by allowing both the bottom and top sash to be opened and closed, but more importantly would allow for faster and easier cleaning.
Single hung windows are less costly to construct as they have few movable parts and therefore, the purchase cost is slightly lower than that of double hung windows.
Single hung windows are more effective insulators as compared to double hung windows. This is because one of the sashes is fixed and factory sealed. With it well sealed, you only lose efficiency with the lower sash in extreme weather seasons.
The windows are installed such that they do not open outward during operation like awning or casement windows. This means that the windows can easily be installed along paths and in high traffic locations without causing any obstructions.
Single hung windows only open halfway, allowing you to regulate the airflow in and out the house. As a result, single hung windows are normally large to allow enough ventilation into and out of the house, not to mention providing for an emergency exit.
Having a fixed upper sash makes this window makes it very difficult for a homeowner to clean both the interior and the exterior of the windows from the inside. This is especially problematic with second story windows. This difficulty makes most people reluctant to cleaning single hung windows, as it is extremely challenging. In addition, some of the windows may be high in unreachable places from the outside making it even harder to clean.
Single hung windows are only capable of opening one of the window sashes, with the other being fixed.
Both sashes cannot be opened or removed which will complicate the use of this window as an effective emergency exit.
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The simplest way to tell if you have a single hung window or a double hung window is to look at the top sash. If the top sash is fixed which is evident by a factory welded seal along the edges, then you have a single hung. If the top sash can be unlocked and slide up and down, then you have a double hung window.
The better option between a single or double hung window depends on what is more important for your home. Single hung windows are typically lower in cost and come with less functionality than a double hung window. Single hung windows are also slightly more energy efficient because the factory seal for the top sash is very strong.
The primary difference is that with a single hung window, only the bottom sash moves while the top is permanently fixed. This means you can only open the bottom part of the window. With a double hung, both sashes slide up and down, and you can open either or both the top and bottom parts.
The average Single Hung Window Replacement Cost in the Greater Milwaukee Area ranges between $199.99 to $319.99 per window. To have the window installed will usually incur a labor cost between $157.99 and $297.99 per window. Pricing can be further narrowed down based on window dimensions, glass type, texture, and color. Use our window replacement cost calculator tool to determine the total cost of your next window replacement project.