Defining Terms Before Choosing Windows for your Midland Home

Choosing new or replacement windows for your home isn’t something you do every day. That means a lot of homeowners may have a bit of confusion when it comes to specifying exactly what they want. Here’s some help in defining the terms that describe the kind of windows available to you so that you get exactly what you want in each room of your Midland Home.

Double hung windowsDouble Hung Window

The most popular type of window is the double-hung window.  There’s been a tendency to associate this style of window with more traditional home styles. These windows, however, are also being used increasingly in transitional and even modern style homes. They are characterized by two sections of framed glass that offer ventilation by sliding bottom up and top down.


Casement windowsCasement Window

This window is hinged on the side, and swings inward or outward like a door, letting air flow freely. You might hear the term “crank-out casement,” which refers to the motion of the hardware when you’re opening and closing the window.




Glider windowsGlider Window

Designed specifically for horizontal operation, gliders have glass-framed panels that slide open on tracks, meaning no lifting is involved.


awning windowsAwning Window

This type of window is hinged on top and swings outward, so you can leave it open when it rains. Awnings are often placed higher in a home for added privacy and natural light.


Bay and boy windowsBay and Bow Windows

Bays feature a fixed center window, with venting windows angled on the sides. Bows are made up of a series of windows connected in a gentle curve.


It’s important to keep window location in mind when choosing your style of windows. Also, think about how frequently you’ll need to access it. If you’re replacing windows, you don’t have to replace an existing window with the same exact kind of window—particularly if a different kind works better for your needs.

Generally speaking, certain window types may work better in specific areas of your home. Casement windows, for instance, are good for hard to reach places (over a sink for instance). Double-hung windows are easy to clean from the inside with a tilt-in wash mode.  And gliders can be a good choice if you don’t have space for windows to swing in or out (such as windows overlooking an outdoor patio or deck).

Of course, one of the best ways to make your selection is to try them out for yourself to see both how they look and how they operate. That’s why we invite you to take a look inside our Bay City showroom—or come by 3605 S. Huron Road in Bay City, MI. where you can see a wide range of windows and actually get your hands on them. That really helps ensure that you’ll make the right choice for your Bloomfield Hills Home.