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Single Hung Windows

Single Hung With ShadesAs you look for ideas when it comes to design of your home and the infrastructure, your windows are one of the most important factors to consider.  Windows are the way to let light inside, vent the room with fresh air, and give you gorgeous views of the outdoors. Windows are also essential when it comes to escape routes in your home.  The type and number of windows in your home will determine the amount of natural light. There are so many different window types to choose from.

Single hung windows are actually a very popular type window, with a sash style.  They are usually really very affordable, and easy to open and close. These are usually the most popular style of window found in homes today.  If you think of a standard window style, this is the type that you will usually picture in your mind.

Single hung windows are really very traditional when it comes to how they operate, and with their appearance.  They are also really ideal when it comes to smaller rooms and areas with a lot of traffic, since they open up and down, rather than outwards.  This makes them very versatile. This is why they are found in homes across the globe. They can be an ideal window option for bedrooms, offices, bathrooms, living areas, and much more.

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How Single Hung Windows Differ From Double Hung Windows

Two of the most common types of windows are both single hung windows and double hung windows.  Single hung windows are the windows that only open from one sash. Double hung, however, move from both sashes.  These windows can be harder to keep clean, since they have limitations with how they are opened. Typically, the bottom part of the window will open upwards in a single hung window, with the top part being fixed, or unmovable.

The Average Cost of Single Hung Windows

Are you in the market for new windows?  If so, then you may want to know how much it is going to cost you.  Single hung windows generally cost anywhere from $170 to $360, depending on the size of the window.  They are one of the more affordable window types on the market these days, and are considered the standard when it comes to windows.  Remember, the pricing does not usually include the installation costs. This is something to discuss with your installer to determine the total cost of your new window.

Sizes and Options for Single Hung Windows

There are a variety of different size options for you to choose from when it comes to single hung windows.  You can get them standard anywhere from 24” to 48” in width, and anywhere from 36” to 72” in height. These are just the standard sizes.  You can also get them in other widths and heights, as customized single hung windows. The larger the window, however, the pricier it will be.  This is something to keep in mind.

The Advantages of Single Hung Windows

Living Room Single Hung WindowThere are quite a few advantages that come along with single hung windows.  First, they are really simple and easy to use. Their design is pretty plain, so if you don’t want anything too elegant or unique, then this can be a great choice.  They open vertically, making it easy to let in some fresh air.

Another plus that comes with single hung windows is that they do not stick out from your home.  Casement windows and awning windows are among the types of windows that protrude when they are opened.  This can be a downfall for these windows, but you don’t have to worry about this with single hung windows.  They won’t get in your way at all.

Single hung windows can also offer a good amount of insulation. They only have one sash that moves, meaning that the other is fixed.  This means that there is a lot less likelihood of any moisture or other elements getting in from outside. The fixed window sash will be able to stay pretty weatherproof, since the seal won’t ever be tampered with.  The moving sash, however, may need to be weatherized to ensure proper insulation throughout the harsh winter months.

If you are worried about the safety and security of your windows, then single hung windows should help you rest easier at night.  They have fewer points in which they can fail when it comes to their locking systems. This means that they can help to keep your home more secure than many of the other windows on the market these days.

Finally, single hung windows are extremely budget friendly.  They are pretty easy to make, and don’t cost a whole lot for the manufacturer, so that means you pay less too.  If you are working with a tight budget, but still need new windows, then it may be a good idea to consider single hung windows.

The Disadvantages of Single Hung Windows

Now, we can look closer at the drawbacks that come with single hung windows.  First, be aware that you cannot open the entire window. You can only open half of it.  This can be a drawback when it comes to letting in fresh air. This limits your air flow, and it also means that you need a lot larger of a window in order for it to be deemed appropriate to use as an emergency exit.  

Another important factor to consider is that these windows are not going to be the easiest to clean. You have to go outside to clean the outer portion of the windows.  With double hung windows, you can clean the windows from both sides without having to go outside of the house. This can be a convenient reason to opt for double hung windows over single hung windows.

It is also important to know that if these windows break in the top sash,  they will usually have to be replaced. The top sash will require a professional to replace, because it is not as easy as a regular DIY job.  This is because the window is fixed at the top, and you need to ensure that it stays properly sealed to keep out the weather and other elements, and to ensure that the window is secure.

How Single Hung Windows Work

Single hung windows are really easy to operate, as we already discussed.  These windows have a fixed sash up top, and a sash on the bottom that slides.  The bottom sash moves over slides on both sides of the panel, allowing the window to open smoothly.  

Are Single Hung Windows the Best Option?

So, should you opt for single hung windows?  The truth is that there are times that double hung windows are more appropriate.  You really just have to consider what your goals are with your windows. If you want to clean your windows easily or open both sides of the sash, then you will likely want to choose double hung windows.  Single hung windows, however, are better if you are looking for something cost effective, stable and resistant to the weather and other elements.

Choosing the Right Type of Glass

Whether you opt for single or double hung windows, you will want to carefully consider the type of glass used.  There are a variety of different types to consider, and they each have their own benefits and advantages. Clear glass is usually the most common, and most affordable, but will usually not offer you much energy efficiency.  If you are looking for something that offers a bit more in the way to efficiency, then consider low-e glass, heat absorbing glass and reflecting glass. These types of glass are great when it comes to blocking out heat, while still allowing in adequate amounts of sunlight.

Choosing the Best Single Hung Window Installation Contractor

Single Hung - Single WindowSingle hung window installation is really not that difficult, but that doesn’t mean that you need to try to do it yourself.  If you don’t line up the frame of the window properly, then it will not work right. They may not be able to open and close as easily, which can be very frustrating. This can cause problems down the road.  It can also allow the elements to get inside, including moisture. This can cause damage to your infrastructure as well.

Choosing a professional installation contractor for your windows is really important.  They will ensure that all measurements are taken correctly, and that the window is placed correctly and sealed effectively.  These are all important steps. Sure, professional installation can cost you a bit more, but over time it is going to pay for itself.  You will have far less maintenance with them, and they are likely to withstand the test of time for longer. Talk to your installation professional today to get more information about the types of single hung windows and the prices.  They will be able to give you a quote and answer any questions you may have.

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