Picture Windows

Picture Windows

What are Picture Windows?

There’s no better way to admire nature from within your home than to look at it through a massive picture window. When you have access to a million dollar view, the last thing you want to do is go inside and forget all about it. Install an expansive picture window and make the outside view a focal point for your home.

Picture windows are typically large windows that have a single pain of glass that isn’t broken up by any lines. They offer a nice clear view that isn’t split or altered in any way. When you want to create the illusion of an indoor/outdoor space, picture windows are great for letting in a great deal of sunlight and connecting your indoor living space with your natural surroundings.

Not for Ventilation

If you need a window that will help ventilate your space, or give you a way out of your home in an emergency a picture window is not what you’re looking for. Picture windows typically don’t open. Since picture windows have a fixed frame, they will help brighten your space, but you’ll need additional windows to serve as ventilation for the space.

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Choosing a Frame Type for your Picture Window

Picture windows come in vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum and wood frames. Each frame type has its benefits and the best option for you comes down to what you value most.

Vinyl

When you value price over anything else vinyl is the best option for you. Vinyl picture windows are the most affordable, but they aren’t the most attractive and they are the least durable.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass offers a good mix of affordability and useful features. It’s insulated nicely, it looks nice and it offers durability.

Aluminum

Aluminum is one of the most expensive frame options but it’s also the most durable. It’s strong and resists weathering over time. Aluminum is available in a variety of shapes and has a very polished and modern look to it.

Wood

Wooden window frames are generally the most expensive and they aren’t the most durable either. They are strong, but they can be affected by weathering over time. Wooden windows have a traditional appearance that many people fall in love with, and they offer the aesthetics that make picture window really beautiful.

Excellent Weather Proofing

Since picture windows typically don’t open, they offer excellent levels of insulation. There aren’t 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.

Affordable

When you compare picture windows to double hung or casement windows of the same size you’ll often find that picture windows are more affordable. That’s because it doesn’t 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.

Paired with Casement Windows

For a clean design you can pair a single picture window with two casement windows on either side. The casement windows still have the nice clean lines that the picture window has, but they can open and allow some ventilation through your home.

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Used in Bay Windows

Picture windows are often used as the focal point of a bay window installation. They offer an unobstructed view for the center of the bay window. Picture windows come in a large variety of sizes so they can complement any bay window setup nicely.

Choosing the Right Size

When selecting a picture window it’s important to understand what type of effect you want to create in your home. If you’re trying to make a small room appear larger, it’s important that the picture window you use takes up a large portion of your wall. When used in a larger space you’ll want several picture windows, or to use the picture window as part of an overall architectural feature to keep it from looking small on the large wall. Picture windows are all about aesthetic and should be put in strategically to create the look you are going for.

Picture windows are large, they offer an impressive view, and they are pretty inexpensive compared to other types of windows. Picture windows are the most affordable way to make a big difference in your home.