Picture windows get their name from the fact that they function to primarily frame the outdoors, resulting in picturesque views enjoyed indoors. To take full advantage of these outdoor views, they are also typically larger than the standard window. Due to their size, it’s not uncommon for picture windows to be considered as glass walls, especially when installed in a series.
How Picture Windows Complement Modern Homes
To ensure best views, picture windows don’t come with muntins or grilles. This leaves a bare glass area that greatly complements the clean aesthetic that modern homes are known for.
Picture windows also complement the functionality of modern-styled properties by letting in a lot of natural light and improving a home’s overall insulative ability, promoting daylighting and energy efficiency.
In fact, picture windows are considered the most energy-efficient window style based on design because they are fixed units, meaning they are inoperable. Without moving parts, they offer the most superior of weather seals.
Making the Most of Picture Windows
To make the most of picture windows, keep in mind the following:
- Look for replacement units with thin frames. This is possible with durable framing options like Fibrex® from Renewal by Andersen®. Designed to be tough against any weather condition, Fibrex will not bend, bow or crack, allowing for little framing material to be used without compromising the structural integrity of a picture window.
- Be mindful of window glass. Picture windows are known for their expansive glass areas, so the kind of glass they are fitted with will surely affect their overall performance. For top-notch energy-efficiency, look for window glass that can let in a lot of natural light without the heat. Keeping outdoor heat at bay will help you maintain ideal indoor temperatures, ensuring comfort and energy savings.
- Take advantage of customization options. Picture windows are usually rectangular in form, but can be fashioned into any shape to meet your needs and preferences. Just make sure to look for a window expert specializing in customizing replacement windows to guarantee you get what you’re looking for.
Picture windows and modern homes go together like peas in a pod, but they aren’t the only replacement windows ideal for your property. In Part 2 of this blog series, we’ll be taking a closer look at sliding windows and what they can do for modern homes. Stay tuned!