What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet. (Romeo & Juliet, Act II, Scene II)

While William Shakespeare may have been right about love, he wasn’t exactly an expert when it came to windows. Different names really do mean different things when you’re talking about windows for your Grosse Point home.

There are a lot of different options from which to choose when you’re planning on installing windows in your home. But for the moment, let’s simply focus on two windows that—at first glance anyway—look a lot alike: Single-hung and double-hung windows. What’s the difference, and which one is best for your home?

Here’s a look at a single-hung and a double-hung window side-by-side. It’s pretty much impossible to tell them apart just by looking at them. The difference comes in how they operate.

A single-hung window combines state-of-the-art window design with a clean, classic style. Advanced engineering and the highest quality construction make this window incredibly durable, versatile, and easy to use. With a single hung window, only the bottom section of the window opens (sliding up).  A double-hung window follows the same aesthetic design, but allows you to open that same bottom section, and also gives you the option of opening the top section (sliding down).

What’s the advantage? If you have small children or pets, you might not want the lower sections of your windows to open for safety reasons. But if you still want to open a window to let fresh air through, you can simply slide the top section down to let air flow freely through the window—without worrying about the safety of a little one or a pet. Or you may simply want to allow airflow at two different levels (upper and lower) to more quickly air out a room. It’s a subtle, but significant difference.

However, just because the basic design of these two types of windows is very similar, that doesn’t mean your style choices are limited. For instance, here’s a look at a variety of double-hung windows from which you can choose. Each one provides a unique look for your home.

Of course, it may be that what you’re really after for different rooms in your Grosse Point home isn’t a single-hung or double-hung window at all. You can also choose from casement windows, awning windows, glider windows, bay & bow windows, specialty windows, or even round top windows. You’re not locked into one specific style or type.

The best way for you to get a true sense of the style and the operation of each of these different kinds of windows is to see them for yourself and get your hands on them. That will tell you a lot more about the look, feel, and function of each kind of window. That’s why I invite you to visit us to take a look inside our Bloomfield Hills showroom—or come by 2350 Franklin Road, in Bloomfield Hills, MI. In addition to getting that “hands-on” experience, you’ll also be able to ask our window professionals to walk you through the benefits and advantages of the different kinds of windows for your Grosse Point home.