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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Mt. Pleasant, MI Area Home

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Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Mt. Pleasant home, but you want your windows to enhance its beauty and provide the functionality you’ve been missing for years. Discovering the difference in window styles and features they offer is a critical next step in your window purchase process. Deciding upon the right windows really depends on your home’s architecture, the purpose or use of the window, and of course, how much you have to spend.


Awning Windows — Hinged from the top and opening outward from the bottom, awning window's construction pushes water away from the window opening. They are usually placed over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy at the same time. Awning windows are often found on southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Most bay windows involve a large centered window bordered left and right by casement or double-hung windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The windows can be opened or fixed (or a blend of the two). The bow window is made up of four or more equal-size windows, most often casements that create a gradual arching frame. Bay and bow windows offer gorgeous sweeping views, as well as giving a room the feel of being larger than it is. Many of our Mt. Pleasant area customers want a center window bench to their bay or bow windows in order to further enjoy the open feeling that they offer.

Casement Windows — Often referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are among the most popular style of windows in the Mt. Pleasant area. Found within many home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s attached on either side and opens by cranking a handle located on the bottom, interior side. With such a design, ventilation is aplenty with casement windows compared to double-hung windows (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). From an overall appearance standpoint, we encourage you to consider casement windows for taller windows, over wider ones. We would suggest you avoid casement windows in high traffic areas, due to the fact that they take up more space when open.

Double-Hung Windows — Used within a number of popular home designs, double-hung windows feature two sashes within a single frame. The top and bottom sash bypass each other vertically when opening from the bottom up or the top down. Double-hung windows are most striking when they are about double the height as compared to width and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are usually used as a primary focal point or within a pattern combined with other windows. Most popularly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows will not open, as they are intended to contribute an architectural enhancement to your Mt. Pleasant house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are the same as double hung windows, with one unique feature: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash does not open at all.

Sliding Windows — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open just as their name suggests; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Mt. Pleasant home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Many Mt. Pleasant homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the space to accommodate normal wall-installed windows, should think about a skylight. Skylights can be opened manually or by remote control (if such functionality is offered), which can bring in more light and heat than windows due to their rooftop positioning.

Transom — Not unlike fixed windows, transoms are typically included with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. They often are installed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms offer the illusion of taller windows by allowing more sunlight in and more airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in multiple shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.

Window Wall — As you might assume, a window wall is literally a wall of windows that do not open and stretch from floor to ceiling. The windows that make up the wall can be of similar or different sizes/shapes and be used for exterior or interior walls.

To find the perfect window for your Mt. Pleasant area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.