What is a Picture Window?
Picture windows are typically large windows that have a single pane of glass that is not broken up by any lines, can not be opened, and are often found in living rooms. They offer a nice clear view of the outdoors that is not split or altered in any way. When you want to create the illusion of an indoor/outdoor space, picture windows can let in a great deal of sunlight and connect your indoor living space with your natural outside surroundings.
There is no better way to admire nature from within your home than to look at it through a massive picture window. Install an expansive picture window and make the outside view a focal point for your home.
Replacement Picture Window Costs
The average cost for a replacement picture window installation is $420 to $760 per window + labor costs which can average around $38 per hour depending on your local window installers average price. See local window prices below.
Average Installation Cost $370 - $795
- Materials 91.8%
- Labor 8.2%
When you compare picture window costs with double hung windows or casement windows of the same size, you will often find that picture windows are more affordable. This is generally because it does not have all the moving parts that other windows have. The simple design is what makes the window so beautiful, but it also makes it more affordable.
If you need to get an estimate on picture window costs or the cost of other window types for your home, it is best to use a Window Replacement Cost Calculator to get an idea of what to expect.
Picture Window Sizes
The most common widths for picture windows are 2 ft, 3 ft, 4 ft, 6 ft, and 8 feet wide. Standard picture window heights can range from 1 foot to as tall as 8 feet. Large picture windows can run as big as 72 inches in height and width.
For any window larger than 72 inches in width or height, you would need to consult with a local window contractor on custom sizes available and associated costs to install.
Picture windows are all about aesthetic and should be placed strategically to create the look you are going for. If unsure about which size you should install for the layout of your home, you should speak to a window installer near you to get a better idea for your project.
Vinyl Picture Windows
When you want to keep your window project as affordable as possible, vinyl picture windows are the best option for you. Replacement vinyl windows are the lowest cost window frame option, but they are not the most attractive and are the least durable. It may be better to upgrade to a more expensive picture window frame type if you are looking to improve your home’s overall aesthetics and resale value.
Aluminum Picture Windows
Aluminum windows are another popular window frame option. These windows are durable and resist weathering over time. Aluminum window framing is available in a variety of shapes and has a very polished and modern look to it.
Wooden Picture Windows
Wooden picture window frames are generally the most expensive as they offer a classic, timeless window look that people love. They are strong, but they can be affected by weathering over time. Wooden frame windows can truly make a picture window look beautiful in your home. Many homeowners love to install a wooden picture window with two casement windows on each side as pictured below.
Fiberglass Picture Windows
Fiberglass windows offer a good mix of affordability and useful features for new picture windows. They are insulated nicely and offer solid durability. Fiberglass window frames tend to be stronger and last longer than vinyl frames.
Before Choosing Picture Windows
Since picture windows typically do not open, they offer excellent levels of insulation. There are not any seams or gaps for air to flow in through. After the initial installation, the window seams should remain well sealed and require little upkeep to have the window continue performing properly.
Since picture windows have a fixed frame, they will help brighten your space, but you will need additional windows to serve as ventilation for the space. If you are living in warmer climates, you also need to lookout for the unwanted solar heat gain during summers. This however, can be an advantage for colder regions of the country.