Garden Windows Cost of Installations & Buying Guide (2023)
By Faith Wakefield /
In this guide on buying double-hung windows, we’ll discuss:
Replacing a double-hung window in your home yourself can seem like a good idea, but hiring a professional isn’t terribly expensive and is usually well worth it. The typical cost to replace a double-hung window is around $600, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $400 to $1,000, and sometimes more, depending on a number of factors.
In this article, we’ll discuss the cost factors that determine your double-hung window replacement cost, some pros and cons of this window type, how to save money when replacing your windows and more.
Double-hung windows are operable windows that have two movable sashes. The sashes sit on top of one another, and each one slides up and down independently. Most double-hung windows also have releases that let each sash tilt inward to make window cleaning a simple and quick process.
Double-hung windows are the most common window type you’ll find in homes across America. They provide ventilation, are easy to clean, come in frame and glass options that produce excellent energy efficiency, and are relatively affordable. They’re also suitable for any room in the house.
Many homeowners understandably confuse single-hung windows and double-hung windows. As the name suggests, a single-hung window has just one operable sash — usually a bottom sash — and one stationary sash. A double-hung window has two movable sashes for better ventilation, and both the top sash and the bottom sash tilt for easy cleaning.
Assuming equivalent frame and glass materials, double-hung windows aren’t quite as energy efficient as single-hung windows. The additional moving sash has more moving surface areas around it that can leak air over time.
Casement and double-hung windows are easier to tell apart because they open differently. Casement windows usually have a crank that pushes the sash outward, similar to how a book opens. The sash is hinged on the side.
A double-hung window has no hinges and instead has two sashes that slide up and down next to each other to provide ventilation. Since casement windows create a seal by compressing weatherstripping rather than having a sliding seal, they are more energy efficient than double-hung windows.
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Double-hung windows might not be the most energy-efficient option, but they’re the most popular style for several reasons. Below are some of the most significant upsides to installing double-hung windows.
No style of window is without its downsides, and double-hung windows are no exception. Below, we’ll discuss some of the downsides to double-hung windows and why they aren’t always the best option.
A typical double-hung window replacement will cost around $600. However, things like frame type, glass type, location in your home and more can influence the total. Most homeowners pay between $400 and $1,000 for their double-hung windows, but you might find your total well above $1,000.
It’s challenging to give a single, accurate cost for a double-hung window replacement because many factors can bring the material costs either below or above average. We’ll discuss the primary cost factors below.
Glass choice and treatments will also come into play. Three kinds of glass are readily available for double-hung windows: single-pane, double-pane and triple-pane. Double-pane and triple-pane glass have layers of argon gas or krypton gas between the panes of glass for insulation.
As you add panes you get better energy efficiency and noise insulation, but your price also increases quite dramatically. Double-pane window glass is the best option for balancing efficiency and cost.
You can also pay more to have glass coatings added, including low-E (low-emissivity) coating and window tinting. The prices for these add-ons don’t change between double-pane and triple-pane window glass.
A portion of your installation price will be for labor alone. Unless you’re replacing your window yourself as a DIY home improvement project, the factors below will have an impact on your total as well.
There are just a few styles of double-hung windows that you can purchase: single, twin and triplet. Beyond those, a custom order would usually be needed. We’ll include average costs for these options in the table below.
Style of Double-Hung Window
Average Installation Price (Per Window)
|Single Double-Hung Window||$600|
|Twin Double-Hung Window||$1,500|
|Triplet Double-Hung Window||$2,400|
Double-hung windows come in a variety of standard sizes, but they vary less in the available dimensions than many other options. In the table below, we’ll include some average pricing for a few different sizes you’re likely to see and need for your home.
Double-Hung Window Dimensions (With Interior Sash Size)
Average Installation Price (Per Window)
|36″ x 24″ (3020)||$400|
|36″ x 28″ (3024)||$450|
|44″ x 24″ (3820)||$500|
|44″ x 28″ (3824)||$550|
|44″ x 32″ (3828)||$600|
|54″ x 28″ (4624)||$700|
|54″ x 32″ (4628)||$750|
|54″ x 40″ (4634)||$800|
|72″ x 32″ (6028)||$900|
|72″ x 40″ (6034)||$950|
|72″ x 48″ (6040)||$1,000|
You have two primary options for buying double-hung windows: you can buy them from a manufacturer, like Marvin or Milgard, or you can buy them from a retailer, like Home Depot, Lowe’s or Costco. Buying from a manufacturer usually yields a better quality window for the price, although you might have to wait for construction and delivery, which can take weeks.
Buying from a retailer gives you more options as far as brand goes, and you can generally just go to the store and bring the windows home with you immediately. Your cost per window will also tend to be lower. However, the quality of the windows from retailers tends not to be as high, and you might not get the same warranty coverage.
Double-hung windows are the most common type of window, so you should have no shortage of brands to choose from. Nearly every window manufacturer makes this style, and prices can vary based on quality and warranty coverage. In the table below, we’ll include some typical pricing you can expect to see from different window manufacturers.
Average Installed Cost (Per Window)
Double-hung windows can get quite expensive, especially when you buy from a high-end manufacturer and choose more insulative frame and glass materials. Most property owners will, understandably, want to save as much money as possible when purchasing and installing new windows. There are a few things you can do to keep costs down.
First, you can optimize your frame and glass materials for efficiency and your budget. Choosing options like fiberglass frames and tri-pane glass will yield the best window efficiency, but opting for more affordable options won’t decrease efficiency too much and will reduce your window price significantly. Below are the most budget-friendly options:
You can also time your window purchase with the season and holidays. Replacing windows in warmer weather is tempting, but remember that prices will be a bit higher in the spring and summer due to increased demand. You can also look for deals on holidays, which will more often be provided by manufacturers over retailers.
Finally, replacing all of the windows in your home will yield savings on each window. You’ll spend more overall based on the number of windows being replaced, but most window contractors will discount per-window installation costs if they can save travel time and offer bulk pricing for materials.
All the project cost factors above can get overwhelming when calculating what your budget needs to be. The formulas below will help you calculate your expected pricing a bit more accurately.
To calculate the cost of replacing one double-hung window:
(Frame Cost + Glass Cost + Labor Costs + Glass Coatings + Window Accessories) x Brand Coefficient = Cost for One Double-Hung Window Replacement
To calculate the cost of replacing all the windows on your home at once:
Double-Hung Window Replacement Cost (from above) x 0.95 (discount factor) x Number of Windows In your Home
If you choose an installer like Andersen — which sits a bit above average in terms of cost — and add on a low-E coating, your prices might look something like this:
($300 + $150 + $150 + $75 + $0) = $675 x 1.1 = $742.50 for a single Andersen double-hung window
($300 + $150 + $150 + $75 + $0) = $675 x 1.1 = $742.50 x 0.95 x 10 = $7,053.75 for 10 windows
Double-hung windows are a relatively affordable option. Since they’re smaller than many other window options — like bay windows, bow windows and many fixed windows — the price per window will be comparatively low. However, they will be more costly than simpler options like single-hung windows.
With that being said, double-hung windows are more complex and have more moving parts, so their price sits around average for window replacement in general.
Additionally, it’s important to recognize that the price you pay for a double-hung window depends largely on the options you choose.
A twin or triplet double-hung window will cost far more than an average picture window, for example, and choosing fiberglass window frames or tri-pane glass will drive your window cost up quite a lot over double-pane window glass and vinyl frames.
The installation process for double-hung windows is similar to that of most other windows. The average installation time is between one and two hours. This timeline can be extended if the window is being installed on a second floor, as lifting the window and maneuvering it into place can be more challenging and time-consuming.
It’s also worth mentioning that a new-construction window installation will take about half the time since there is no existing window to remove. Putting in a double-hung window in an empty wall opening can typically be done by a professional in 30 to 45 minutes.
Lastly, it’s important to note that, although double-hung windows are common and usually in stock, purchasing custom windows or high-end windows might include a wait time of several weeks for construction and delivery.
Yes, double-hung windows are operable. This style of window has two movable sashes, each of which can be slid up and down to provide ventilation.
Additionally, most double-hung windows have sashes that can tilt out of the window opening to allow for easy cleaning. The multiple moving parts in these windows mean more maintenance is required, but this style has the most operability of any window option.