Picture windows are large panes of glass usually found in the living rooms of many houses. They are fixed – in other words, they can neither be opened nor closed. So why should you consider picture windows in your next window replacement project? Here are some of the best reasons to do so:
Picture windows can be used to frame an amazing view
Picture windows are great for adding aesthetic value to your home. If you have access to amazing scenery or an amazing view of nature, the best way to admire it from within your home is to have a picture window installed. These windows are also great for when you’d like to make the view a focal point of your home. Because picture windows are typically one single pane of glass, the view provided is one that is not broken up, split, or altered in any way.
Picture windows require minimal maintenance
Moreover, because picture windows are fixed, they do not have any mechanical parts that can break or that will eventually need repair. Neither do you need to worry about any replacement parts you may have to buy in the future. They are easy to clean, and require a lot less maintenance than similarly sized windows with moving parts.
Picture windows allow a lot of natural light into your house
Picture windows come in various shapes and sizes; even the smallest size can provide ample amounts of natural light during daytime. The sunlight that is able to enter your home also provides a source of natural heat, thus reducing your heating cost. Picture windows, therefore, are a great choice for energy efficiency as well.
The natural light that picture windows allow into your home can also be used to create the illusion of an indoor/outdoor space. This should allow you to seamlessly connect your indoor living space with your natural surroundings.
Things to consider when installing picture windows
Picture windows are often found in, and recommended for, homes that have high or vaulted ceilings. In addition, they are often installed over other windows, vaulted areas, and doors, which helps maximize their effect and visual appeal.
Since picture windows have a fixed frame, and do not open or close, they do not offer any natural ventilation. They do, however, work well in combination with certain other window types that provide excellent ventilation, such as slider or casement windows. If ventilation is an important factor, then you might want to consider combining one or more of these other window types with your picture windows.
Because picture windows require a certain amount of expertise to install, it is not recommended that you attempt to do it yourself. Rather, it is recommended, as it is for any sort of window installation in general, that you contract the services of a competent window professional for the installation of your picture windows. Not only does this save you the hassle and the possible risks involved in installing the hardware, but you can rest assured that your window or windows will be installed right.
Overall, picture windows can make a great addition to any home or room. A frame for a great view, low maintenance costs, a source of natural light – these are just some of the great things about picture windows.
Ryan Copple is General Manager of Renewal by Andersen in Oklahoma City. With 20 years’ experience in the industry, he’ll make sure the remodeling experience is one of exceptional quality and satisfaction from start to finish.