Many homes include the utilization of picture windows which are often referred to as fixed windows, though they differ slightly. Both are non-operable windows that contain a single pane of glass. Before switching to this style of window during your next full frame window replacement project, it’s wise to understand their benefits and drawbacks.
The Advantages Of Picture Windows
The sizable glass pack included in a fixed picture window creates an expanded outdoor view and can add more personality to your home. An advantage to this is that it can make a room feel larger than it is whether it’s installed in the kitchen or living room.
Expanded Natural Light Window:
The size of a picture window allows them to filter in more natural light in your home. Natural light is a natural mood booster, increases one’s quality of sleep, and promotes the amount of vitamin D your body makes.
Affordable Window Price:
Many homeowners wrongfully assume that these types of windows are costly because of the amount of glass they contain. However, when compared with maneuverable house windows that open out with mechanical parts, fixed picture windows are most-effective. However, it’s worth noting when they reach the end of their lifespan, they must be addressed with window replacement in their entirety.
In the realm of energy efficient windows, picture fixed and direct set options rank towards the top of the list because they do not open or close, minimizing the opportunity for air infiltration. Instead, they are sealed directly with the frame.
Picture windows are offered in an array of colors and finishes. In addition, numerous materials are available including wood, vinyl, and fiberglass. For homeowners wanting to add interest, decorative grilles may also be added to picture windows.
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The Disadvantages Of Picture Windows:
Home And Window Ventilation:
Because picture windows do not open and close, they do not offer ventilation. Sometimes they’re referred to as direct set windows since they’re non-operational windows and designed to let in natural light and scenic views. To combat home ventilation worries, many homeowners opt to put a picture window in the center and add operable windows, such as casement, on each side.
Although they are absent of moving parts, cleaning picture windows can be tedious because of their sizable surface area. This task becomes more complicated when homeowners attempt to clean the exterior of large picture or fixed windows on a home’s upper floors.
Picture house windows can allow a lot of natural light into the home. The result of this can be copious amounts of solar heat gain. To circumnavigate this issue, consult with your window contractor to make sure you have a working understanding of the U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient of the windows.