Single-hung window prices in this guide reflect the range of materials and attractive styles available for this popular and affordable window type. Single-hung window prices for your options are included in the table below. If you’d like to see what you can save with single-hung windows compared to other common types of windows, our guides to Casement Windows and Double-Hung Windows will help.
Single Hung Window Prices for 2021
This pricing table provides an overview of the likely prices and costs for single-hung windows by type, including prices for installation and supply only.
|Single-Hung Window Prices and Costs|
|Window Type||Unit Price (Supply Only)||Unit Price (Including Installation)|
|Notes: As the table shows, not all grades of window are available in each material. These prices are for windows in the size ranges shown above.|
Single-Hung Window Features and Options
The name explains the distinguishing feature of this window type. Only the lower sash moves. Single-hung windows are made for new construction and as replacement windows.
There are two ways to buy single-hung windows:
Standard windows are sold in ready-made sizes online and at home improvement and building supply stores with a limited range of features and options. Most leading manufacturers including Andersen, Milgard, Alside, Simonton, Jeld-Wen, Pella, YKK AP and Marvin make standard window lines.
Custom windows are available in vinyl, fiberglass, composite and wood. They aren’t built until they are ordered online, from a building supply store or custom window and door company. In some lines, a set number of sizes are offered, but you have more options than available in standard windows for finish, cladding, hardware, grilles, screens and glazing (glass package). Many of the largest manufacturers such as Pella, Andersen, Jeld-Wen and Marvin, as well as regional and local companies, make custom windows in set sizes with features and options. A type of custom window some call premium custom windows can be built in any size. They are typically only used in older homes with odd-size window openings. While Andersen and Pella are national manufacturers that make windows considered premium, most are produced by specialty companies that build high-end custom windows, historically accurate replica windows and other non-typical window and door products. Some of the top specialty window producers are Wausau, Custom Window Systems, Parrett and Arcadia.
Here’s an overview of your single-hung window features and options:
- Materials – In order from most affordable to most expensive, your single-hung window choices for material are vinyl ($-$$$), composite ($$-$$$), fiberglass ($$-$$$) and wood ($$-$$$$). Some quality single-hung windows have wood bare wood interiors and vinyl-clad exteriors that are more resilient to weather. The table below separates material options and gives specific cost ranges.
- Colors and Finishes –vinyl and fiberglass windows are available in a limited range of colors. You have many more options with wood stain colors and exterior vinyl cladding on wood windows.
- Locks – Generally, the better the quality of the window and the more expensive they are, the more options you’ll have for lock hardware.
- Glass, Grilles and Screens – The glass package is also called the glazing, and you have many options. Cheap standard windows have a single pane of glass; better standard windows have double-pane insulated glass. Semi-custom and custom windows offer more options for standard, energy-efficient (Energy Star), tinted and privacy glass packages. Grilles are offered in many styles, and when placed between the glass panes, make cleaning the window much easier. Screens are offered in several materials and colors.
Single-hung window sizes for standard and custom windows:
- Height range: 24” to 78”
- Width range: 16” to 48”
Single Hung Window Brands and Prices
Single-hung hung windows are best known for their simple utility and affordable costs relative to double-hung, casement and awning windows.
Most window brands make at least some single-hung windows, including names like Andersen, Pella and Ply Gem, though not in all series. A few brands make just one, but those generally aren’t among the larger brands.
This table shows: Brands making single-hung windows > Brand Series like Jeld Wen Premium V-4500 > Series Material, and finally > Average Cost for windows of the most common size.
The average size for a single-hung window is about 48″ to 54″ in height and 36” to 42” in width depending on the exact line of windows you’re considering.
|Single Hung Window Prices by Brand|
|Champion||Comfort 365 Oriel||Vinyl||$440|
|CertainTeed/MI||1200 Series 1255||Vinyl||$455|
|1300 Series 1355||Vinyl||$560|
|1600 Series 1620||Vinyl||$585|
|3500 Series 3500||Vinyl||$600|
|3500 Series 3540||Vinyl||$615|
|4300 Series 4340||Vinyl||$635|
|Pro 5000 5500||Vinyl||$650|
|Energy Core EC150||Vinyl||$675|
|Jeld Wen||Builders Atlantic||Aluminum||$300|
|Ply Gem||200 Series||Vinyl||$375|
|ProFinish Brickmould 300||Vinyl||$495|
|Window World||2000 Series||Vinyl||$400|
Here are a few overview notes of single-hung windows and prices.
Most are vinyl. Reviewing the single-hung window cost list, it is clear that vinyl windows dominate the category. Most major brands make at least one single-hung vinyl window.
Andersen is the exception, since the brand doesn’t produce any vinyl windows. In fact, there is only one line of Andersen single-hung windows, and it is made from the proprietary Andersen fiberglass composite called Fibrex. It’s a little odd that Andersen doesn’t make a single-hung window among its popular wood lines like the 400 Series and two Architectural Series.
A few aluminum single-hung windows are available primarily in warm climates when energy efficiency in windows isn’t as important. The Jeld Wen Builders Atlantic windows made our list of the Top Rated Windows for 2021. In fact, several window series in the table are the list for the best windows for 2021.
More fiberglass windows are being sold than ever. Fiberglass offers excellent strength and durability, low maintenance and the look of painted wood. Our top choices are Pella Impervia and Milgard Ultra in this category. The Andersen 100 Series windows are worth considering too, made with typical Andersen attention to quality and detail.
Jeld Wen makes three standard wood lines plus custom wood windows, but none of them offer a single-hung wood window – a little disappointing to some homeowners looking to keep costs in check. Jeld Wen’s wood window lines otherwise give you nice cost, style and feature options.
Pella, MI Windows and Ply Gem make the best selection of single-hung windows.
Pella is especially impressive with single-hung windows in two of its top wood lines – the Architect Series and the Reserve Traditional Series. They’re expensive windows, but they give you options along with lower-cost Pella single-hung windows in vinyl and fiberglass.
Who are MI Windows? That’s a common question. It’s an independent window company that bought CertainTeed’s product lineup when CertainTeed wanted out of the window market. For a while, the MI Windows manufactured windows were branded as CertainTeed, but that is no longer true. Our CertainTeed MI Windows Prices and Reviews guide has up-to-date costs and details.
The Advantages Of Sash Replacement Windows
Next to casement windows, sash windows are probably the next most popular type of replacement window you could consider buying for your home. Many of the advantages include:
- Being easy to clean and maintain
- Having high energy ratings and efficiency
- Being air conditioner friendly
- Add that traditional curb appear
Easy To Maintain And Clean
Because many of the most popular types of window open outwards, this makes them hard to clean. However, the more modern sash window sashes can open upwards but also swing inwards, this means that the window can be cleaned quickly on the inside and outside from the comfort and warmth of your home.
High Energy Ratings & Efficiency
Sash windows are known to be very energy efficiency, there are also several options which can be added to a window to make them more efficiency, this is even more true with sash windows than with any other. In particular, quadruple weather proofing, which is most common in sash windows, provides a tight seal and prevents unnecessary heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer.
Air Conditioner Friendly
One of the big disadvantages of casement windows is that they can’t easily accept the installation of an air conditioner into them or even screens, due to the way they open. However, sash windows don’t have that problem and can easily have an air conditioner installed into the top sash.
Add Curb Appeal
There’s no getting away from the fact that sash windows look good, in fact they look great and they can “make” a traditional home look traditional again whilst still being energy-efficient.
The Disadvantages Of Sash Replacement Windows
Sash windows are a window type with the least number of disadvantages associated with them, in this replacement window guide article we’re only outlining two main ones, since those are the only two worth mentioning. The main disadvantages include:
- Having limited ventilation
- Having air leakage
Unfortunately, due to the way in which sash windows open, they don’t provide as much ventilation as casement or awning windows. The main reason for this is that you can only have a single sash fully open at any one time, that means that half the amount of air and ventilation will enter a room in comparison with other window types. However, by choosing an Energy Star rated window you can’t really go wrong as it will still meet the requirements set out by the U.S Department Of Energy and the NFRC.
Whilst we mention that sash windows can prevent unnecessary heat loss and heat gain more than other windows, this is only true for those which have the quadruple weather proofing installed into them. The windows without this specific weather proofing may in fact be less energy-efficient than other window types, such as the casement window. It’s easy enough to have this weather proofing added to your windows before they’re installed, but it will cost you more than if you don’t have it installed.
Factors that Affect Single-hung Window Costs
Frame material, quality of construction, size and whether the window is standard or custom are the biggest factors in how much the window will cost.
Replacement windows cost more to install due to the extra labor of removing the existing window.
When window companies are less busy and eager for work, such as in winter in warm climates and early spring and late fall in cold climates, you might get better pricing. Beware of companies offering 2-for-1 deals on windows during these times. They could be genuine deals, but could also be gimmicks. Evaluate apples to apples – the total installed cost of the windows you want.
Who installs your windows will affect the cost. Local handyman services might be the most affordable while window and door companies will charge more. However, it is important to note that the quality of the installation will affect the window’s energy efficiency, ease of operation and durability. That’s why it is important to hire an experienced window installer. The best strategy to help ensure quality installation and still get a reasonable cost is to request estimates from several licensed and insured window installers that know they are competing for the work.