A single hung window is a window with a fixed upper sash and a movable lower sash. The lower sash can be raised to allow a free flow of air, and the sash may also be designed to tilt so that it can be easily cleaned from the inside. The main draw back to the single hung window is the fact that it is more difficult to clean than a double hung window because of the fixed upper sash. Single hung windows are primarily used when a less expensive alternative to a double hung window is needed or when configured as an Oriel window where the top sash is twice the height of the bottom sash and is too heavy or awkward to tilt in.
Single hung windows can be made of wood, vinyl, steel, aluminum, fiberglass, or composite. Most single hung windows sold today are vinyl or wood (with vinyl being the most popular because of the cost.) Single hung windows can come as double pane or triple pane; with argon gas, krypton gas, or no gas. There are a number of different types of Low-E coatings available which can greatly increase the efficiency of the window.
Single hung windows come in a wide variety of colors both interior and exterior, but most manufacturers limit the color to white or beige because of cost concerns. Other window styles will typically have more color choices than a single hung. Single hung windows can also come with a wide range of grids/grills between the panes of glass; anything from flat, colonial, contour, diamond, prairie, or double prairie. Etched glass and simulated divided lites are also available from some manufacturers, and though most don’t make these available on single hungs, we are one of few who can find this option available to you. As stated earlier, single hung windows are usually used to keep cost down, but our team of professionals and wide selection can still assist you in making them a beautiful, cost-efficient choice. Call today to find out more with a free, no-obligation estimate!