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Single Hung Window Cost for Install & Replacement

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 2020/2021

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)
Standard Vinyl $45-$695 $165-$1,195
Custom Vinyl $225-$1,000 $350-$1,500
Custom Composite $175-$1,250 $300-$1,750
Custom Fiberglass $225-$1,500 $375-$2,000
Standard Wood $185-$950 $310-$1,450
Custom Wood $325-$2,800 $475-$3,300
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”

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

Limited Ventilation

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.

Air Leakage

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.