double hung vinyl replacement windows

Double Hung Vinyl Replacement Windows

Most homes in the U.S. use either single or double-hung vinyl replacement windows. Many people claim that double-hung windows are better, and in this article, we’ll see how true that is. 

Furthermore, we will tell you all the essential things you need to know about double-hung windows made from vinyl and about their replacement.

Which Is Better – Double Hung or Single Hung Windows?

Single and double-hung windows are mostly the same, but they do have one key difference. Both windows have top and bottom sashes, but the ones on double-hung windows can slide up and down. That makes these windows much safer as they can withstand much more than single-hung in terms of weather. 

Besides this, double-hung windows also allow for more airflow. With single-hung windows, you can open only the lower sash and thus let the air in only from below. Double-hung windows usually have a tilt-in feature which allows them to be open towards the inside. This feature allows homeowners to clean them more easily. 

Single-hung windows, on the other hand, are less resistant, but far simpler to use. They are more suitable for people who prefer simplicity, above all else.

However, we also need to consider the price.

Are Single Hung Windows Cheaper Than Double Hung?

As double-hung windows are more complex and superior in most ways, they naturally cost more than single-hung windows.

Single-hung windows usually cost from $150 to $400 per window. Double-hung vinyl windows typically range from $450 to $600 per window.

That makes single-hung windows far cheaper. Furthermore, they are also easy to install and use. However, they lack the versatility of style and air circulation, and they are also challenging to maintain and clean.

Double-hung windows, on the other hand, might be expensive, but they come in many styles (like vinyl) and are far easier to maintain and clean.

In the end, it’s up to you to choose which type is better for you. 

How Much Should Replacement Windows Cost to Install?

As we’ve already stated, there is a difference in price between single and double-hung windows. The same goes for the cost of installation.

Not counting the price of the windows themselves, the cost of installation looks like this:

  • Single-hung windows – $75 to $100
  • Double-hung windows – $150 to $250

It’s important to say that the entire installation of double-hung vinyl replacement windows (cost of window + installation) can cost between $400 and $650 per window. If you need it installed on a new house, the cost can be some $50 to $100 more. Naturally, the price varies from state to state, but the national average is somewhere around $550 per window.


As you can see, double-hung vinyl windows offer more versatility and weather resistance, so we recommend you install them instead of single-hung models. However, it’s up to you to decide in the end. Whatever your decision is, know that 1-800-HANSONS is there to help. Feel free to contact us at any time and inquire about the price of installation or replacement.