Single-hung windows are easily found in homes across the U.S. They are still commonly used as the standard window option in new home construction, apartment buildings, and office spaces. Single-hung windows remain popular for one primary reason – they’re cheaper than double-hung windows.
Single-hung windows are one of the older window styles still on the market today, and they’re relatively inexpensive to purchase and install. They are available in a few different styles and designs, and can be found in wood, vinyl, and combination frames. Single-hung windows are typically top-and-bottom rectangular windows that look essentially the same as double-hung windows. The main difference is that with single-hung windows, only the bottom window moves; the top sash is fixed.
Here are a few more key points about single-hung windows:
While the up-front cost of single-hung windows is generally around 10-20% less than double-hung windows, single-hung windows also carry more liabilities as a window design. They don’t come in as many style varieties as double-hung windows, for one thing. They also offer less versatility in terms of ventilation and other usage. Another drawback with single-hung windows is the fact that they’re harder to clean. Since the top sash is merely ornamental, the only way to clean the window exterior is from the outside. For windows above the ground floor, this can sometimes prove to be particularly challenging.
In the long run, a double-hung window is really a better option for most homeowners. The ability to tilt in both top and bottom sashes really does make these windows easier to clean and maintain. This can save money in the long run too, keeping you from having to pay expensive window cleaning companies to address those otherwise difficult-to-reach windows. Double-hung windows are also much more handy for rooms that need extra ventilation. In a bathroom, for example, opening both sashes can help to equalize humidity levels, reduce the risk of mildew growth, and air out any unpleasant odors.
At Skywalker Windows & Siding, we almost NEVER install single-hung windows. It’s not that we can’t, or that we prevent our customers from considering single-hung as a window option. It’s really due to the fact that once our customers objectively consider the pros and cons of both options, they pretty much universally choose to go with double-hung windows. Double-hung windows are simply a better design, and they continue to be a popular choice among the many families and businesses we serve in NC and VA.
But no matter what kind of window material or product you’re considering for your window replacement, Skywalker has several high-quality product options to meet and even exceed your expectations. More importantly, we also have all the needed tools, know-how, and experience to offer you the very best installation services. If you have any questions, or are ready to get started, reach out to us today! We’re here to help!
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