Use our guide below to determine if sliding windows are right for your next project. Compare strengths and weaknesses of sliding windows, glass options, grid / grill patterns, and window screens.
Sliding window replacement can cost as little as $492 pending the installation details or as much as $1212 or more per window depending on your choice in size, hardware, functionality, style, glass type, and more.
Double hung windows are the most common windows in the United States and offer a wide variety of benefits and unique features. A double hung window is a window with two operating sashes moving up and down, and meeting at the center when both are closed. Both the upper and the lower sashes are movable, they allow the user to open either of them at the same time.
The key difference between a single hung window and a double hung window is the ability for the top sash to open and close. A single hung window has the top sash fixed, and a double hung window will allow both the upper and lower sash to slide open and close.
Double hung windows are a popular choice among our customers, due to their energy efficiency. These come standard with high quality weather stripping and each of the window sections can be equipped with either double or triple pane glass. All these combined create a highly insulated window capable of keeping your home protected from the outdoor elements.
The ability to clean both the interior and the exterior of the window safely from the inside of your home makes it way much easier to maintain compared to single hung windows. This is because the two sash windows can easily be pulled either side, allowing you to clean each section at a time.
The ability to open either part of the two sections of the window at the same time always enables effective ventilation through one of the windows. They do this not only by allowing air in but also getting rid of the warm air inside the house. With the single hung windows, you would require multiple windows to achieve the ventilation effectiveness of the double hung windows.
Double hung windows can be built with half or full screens if you wish to open both the bottom and top sashes simultaneously.
Double hung windows generally have a slight premium as opposed to single hung windows, however; nearly all our customers decide that the benefits outweigh the slight premium. As with all our windows, we offer flexible financing package to suit anyone's needs. We work with our customers to identify which windows they need, and how they are installed.
Regardless of the fact that the double hung windows have two sections of windows; they cannot both be fully open at the same time. The traditional double hung look does not offer the same unobstructed view that is found in a casement window. But ease of operation and ability to clean still makes this the most popular window style in America.
The most common types of sliding windows are with two pant sliders, where there is a left window and right window that can slide over each other to open and close. This is the classic use of sliders but sliding windows can also be combined with a center fixed window. When combined with a center fixed window, these would slide over the center picture window allowing the entire side pane to be opened allowing for maximum air flow.
Most homeowners choose to pair double hung windows or casement windows with their center fixed picture window, however it is increasingly common to have a slider in that configuration as well.
When pairing sliding windows with a picture window, the width of the sliding window compared to the picture window must be considered. With larger sliding windows, the more obstruction to the fixed picture window. Therefore, it is common to have 1/5 the window with be a slider on both the left and right side to maximize air flow and minimize visual disruption.
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Here are some of the most frequently asked questions (sliding windows FAQ) we've answered dover the years about replacing and installing windows.
Sliding windows typically come in total sizes between three to eight feet wide, with each of the sliding panes consisting of half the total width. The average height can range between two feet to five feet tall. The size of a sliding window depends on the location of the window in the house. Sliding windows for bedrooms are usually offered in smaller sizes, while sliding windows for living rooms or basements are larger.
All things considered, sliding windows are a great choice for energy efficiency. When paired with a double or triple paned window these benefits are compounded.
Yes, sliding windows may be used as an egress, given they meet the local size regulations and exist requirements on the exterior of your home. Sliding windows can be an excellent choice as an escape route for partially exposed basements.
The total cost to replace a sliding window is typically between $450 to $1,100. The variation in cost is largely dependent on the size of the window, type of glass and trim, and whether there is an existing window or opening that we can work from. Use our window replacement cost calculator tool to determine the total cost of your next window replacement project.