Two of the major types of windows used in homes are single hung and double hung windows. A double hung window allows for both the top and bottom sashes to be opened and closed, while a single hung window only allows for one sash to move. Single hung windows feature a stationary upper sash and an operable, or moveable, bottom sash that can be raised to provide air flow for your home. This article focuses on the pros and cons of a single hung window.
Costs for a Single Hung Window
A single hung window is usually less expensive than the double hung variety. This is because single hung windows need less hardware because only one sash is operable. A single hung window costs anywhere between $100 to $250 and up.
How Long Will Your Single Hung Window Last?
The durability of your single hung window depends heavily on the type of material used for the frame. While a wooden frame provides a warm, elegant, and natural look for your home, wood is not as durable a material as some other options. A fiberglass single hung window frame can be designed to imitate wood, and this type of frame is still charming and more durable, requiring very little maintenance. A vinyl single hung window frame is another good option, as vinyl also requires little maintenance and may improve insulation for your home.
Repairs and Maintenance
It's important to clean your single hung window several times a year in order to keep it working properly. Because only one sash can be opened and closed, a single hung window will be slightly more difficult to clean and dust. Additionally, unlike a double hung window, homeowners must clean their single hung windows from the outside in order to fully maintain the window system. While this may not be a problem if your windows are on the ground floor, it may be more difficult if you have a single hung window on any of your home's upper levels.
A single hung windows is known for being a slightly more energy efficient option than double hung windows. Because only one of the sashes is able to be opened, there are less opportunities for the window to leak heat, causing your home to lose warmth. However, only being able to open one sash limits the amount of ventilation in your house, which may be a problem in warmer months. The type of glass used for your single hung window also determines your window's overall energy efficiency. For more information on the different types of window glass, see our handy guide to window glass replacement and repair.
Summary: A Simple Option for Homeowners
Finding the perfect window style for your home can improve its overall appearance as well as its air flow. For homeowners looking for an inexpensive option that can still slightly boost your home's insulation, a single hung window is ideal.