Single Hung Windows
Single-hung windows have a very simple design and economic construction. Similar to double-hung windows, single-hung windows are identifiable to the homeowner as the windows that vertically slide up and down within their frame. However, unlike double-hung windows, only the bottom half of the window is movable. The majority of single and double-hung windows hold their position by the ‘friction-fit’ of the sash within the window frame. Some of them also use other mechanical means such as spring mechanisms. For the most part, single-hung windows are identical to double-hung windows and are widely available in the same sizes and shapes and also allow for a wide range of design possibilities.
Recent advances in materials and insulated glazing technology have made single and double-hung windows much more energy efficient. Simplicity combined with their improved energy efficiency contributes to the reasons for why these window types remain popular. Keep in mind, however, that there are other windows types on the market that offer an advantage in energy efficiency. Such windows include casement windows. With casement windows, the sash closes against the frame giving it a tighter seal. But the important thing to keep in mind when purchasing your new windows is that modern windows are much more efficient than older windows, regardless of what type they are.
Versatility is another advantage that single-hung windows have over other windows types. For starters, they are often the favored choice for historical retrofit applications and as replacement windows where it is important that the new windows maintain the appearance of the old windows. Furthermore, just like double-hung windows, they are the preferred choice when exterior space is limited because single hung windows open up instead of out. This makes them ideal for areas like adjoining decks and walkways, porches, patios and other high traffic areas that require exterior space to remain open.
When it comes to pricing, single and double-hung windows are not very different. However, it is thought by many people that single-hung windows are much cheaper, but the truth is that there is only a slight difference in price. If you are considering replacing all of the windows on your house and putting your home on the market, you may want to lean toward double-hung windows. Single-hung windows do appear to be much less expensive, but if you ever decide to sell your home the pricing may be a factor you want to consider. You don't want someone thinking "this house has cheap single-hung windows" because in fact they are almost the same price as double-hung windows.
Single Hung Window Benefits:
- Single-hung windows don't take up exterior space when open.
- Single-hung windows are often the favored choice for historical retrofit applications and as replacement windows where it is important that the new windows maintain the appearance of the old windows.
- Recent advances in materials and insulated glazing technology have made single-hung windows much more energy efficient.
- Single-hung windows are very affordable.
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