When you’re considering new windows for your Bloomfield Hills home, it’s easy to make the assumption that all windows are pretty much the same, and that once you’ve seen one window, you’ve seen them all. But the style of window you choose can have a big impact on the way your home looks and feels.

On top of that, how you plan to use the room in which you’re installing new windows can significantly influence both the visual impact your windows have and the way you want your windows to operate (open and close). Here’s an overview of some of the most popular window styles—and where you might use them in your home.

  • Single Hung: With a single hung window, the bottom sash moves up to let airflow in. Because it doesn’t stick out it’s a great choice for rooms that face a patio or a walkway.
  • Double Hung: The windows can be opened from either the bottom or top sash. Like single-hung windows they are perfect for rooms bordering walkways or patios.
  • Casement: These windows are hinged at the side and open outward like a door. Screens go on the inside of the window, protecting them from the elements. They are ideal for directional ventilation and areas with high wind exposure.
  • Screens go on the inside of the window, protecting them from the elements. They are ideal for windows over a sink.
  • Awning: Ideal for over the kitchen sink, awning windows are hinged on top and open outward, keeping rain and leaves out. Screens are on the inside to protect them from the elements.
  • Glider: With a glider, the sash operates horizontally allowing full window ventilation. Because the sash doesn’t protrude this window style is great for rooms that face decks or walkways.
  • Hopper/Tilt & Turn: If you’re looking for small windows that still provide for ventilation, hoppers and tilt & turn windows are a good option. A hopper opens inward from the top and the tilt and turn can also operate like a casement window.

There are also window styles designed to add dramatic touches to both the interior and exterior of you home. Choose from Bay and Bow windows, Round Top windows, or uniquely shaped windows to add an element of style and flair. One size (or style of operation) doesn’t fit all. The good news is that you have options that work in virtually any situation in your home!