Difference between Double hung and single hung windows

by | Mar 27, 2020 | Blog | 0 comments

Once in a lifetime, every homeowner has to go through the dilemma of replacing a few or sometimes all the windows of their home windows. Old windows can become a cause of a variety of problems and expenses. These may include:

  • Increase in energy expenses by allowing in hot or cold
  • Results in decreased safety through broken looks and rotten frames
  • Exposure to moisture comes in the equation, increasing the risk of mold and mildew.

In most of the cases, window replacement is not that inexpensive renovation as you might think. Window replacement costs range between $9,000 on the low side to over $16,000 on the high end. This cost can top up to $2000 or more too. Therefore, it is quite important for homeowners to spend time and do their research to explore different options regarding window/s that’ll be the best fit for them. 

Why there is such a huge price value gap In Window Replacement Costs?

Like most of the other home renovation projects, there are various factors that contribute to the final quote of replacing windows. These factors include:

  1. Current state and shape of your window frames
  2. Number of windows required
  3. If you need any special features like energy-efficient, double- or triple-pane, and aesthetic options.
  4. Style of window (casement and awning; bay and bow; sliding windows; and single or double-hung windows.

Most homeowners don’t give much attention to the style of windows while going through window replacement procedures. Even though major differences exist between these windows styles. In this article, we’ll explicitly look at the differences between single-hung and double-hung windows. We’ll discuss their ventilation, ease, and cost of maintenance and cleaning. 

Single Hung Windows

In a single hung window, the bottom panel, or sash moves vertically and the upper sash remains still. When these windows are opened, the bottom sash obstructs, completely or partially, the upper sash. Single-hung windows are the most common and opted choice in newer home construction, apartment buildings, and office spaces.

Single-hung windows are more famous in the market because of one main reason i.e cost. They are cheaper than double-hung windows as Sven Kramer of Stanek Windows by Great Day Improvements, LLC suggests that single-hung windows can cost 10-20% less than their double-hung competitor. This cost difference might not seem prominent enough when your project includes just 2 or 3 windows. In big-scale projects which include replacement of dozen windows, that’s where this price factor kicks in. Hence, those who are on a tight budget might prefer single-hung windows to save on initial costs.

These windows might save you some bucks on initial costs but in the long run, double-hung windows are a better option for most homeowners. Why? Because in single-hung windows only the bottom sash opens thus offers less ventilation. In small and congested spaces likes bathrooms, this can cause higher moisture levels resulting in less relief from humidity, mildew growth, and odor control.

On top of these things, cleaning single hung windows is also a difficult task to carry on. Particularly for those homeowners who have homes built off the ground or on floors high from the ground. As the top sash is fixed, therefore, homeowners can only clean the outer side of the sash by accessing it from outside the house using a ladder or so. 

Though single-hung window’s cost is low upfront, in the long run, considering factors like cleaning ease and ventilation, their costs can run much higher than those of double-hung windows.   

Double-Hung Windows

Double-hung windows allow its users to clean the upper-sash more easily and offer better airflow and ventilation. 

The ability to tilt and open each sash of these windows makes the cleaning job easier for everyone especially for those who are living off the ground or on the floors above from the ground. How is it possible? You can easily tilt the sashes inward and clean both the exterior and interior efficiently and easily. You won’t need any help from a professional cleaning company to do the chore for them.


Difference between Double hung and single hung windows
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Related Guide: Benefits of Double Hung Windows 

Final thoughts

If you’re concerned about the cost difference, don’t forget that many utility companies offer rebates to homeowners who install energy-efficient windows, which can greatly reduce the cost of your window replacement project. While double-hung may cost more upfront, in the long run, the added features for security and maintenance could save you a good fortune.


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