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Interested in a
picture window? Picture windows started becoming popular during the post-war
period because it became common for suburban houses to feature multi-paned
fixed scenic windows. And as these windows usually go from floor to ceiling in
height, they offered great views of outdoor spaces in a home. Aside from being
a visual treat, however, picture windows were liked by many homeowners because
they allow a lot of natural light in, making them ideal for day lighting.
Features
of a Picture Window
Minimal
framing.
Window frames can come in a range of materials, each
with their own advantages. As picture windows will benefit from having as much
glass as possible, you’re going to want minimal window framing. Having a larger
glass area means you’re taking in bigger views, allowing you to make the most
of available views to you. Wood is a traditional choice for window frames but
composite material like Fibrex is the best option for minimal framing. Why?
Fibrex’s toughness makes it possible for just little of the material to be used
during window construction, leaving more room for glass in a window. As an
added bonus, Fibrex comes in a range of colors and finishes that will allow
your picture window to complement your home’s existing interior and exterior
design.

Expansive
glass area.
Picture windows feature large expanses of
unobstructed glass. If you’re concerned that this may bring a lot of passive
heating, do not fret. Picture windows can also be fitted with low-emissivity,
or low-E, glass. This glass option features a microscopic coating that blocks
off infrared and UV light from the sun to limit heat let in by a picture window
and protects furniture and other items around a window from fading while not
affecting the level of natural light let in. The double-pane construction that
is standard to many windows today also aids in keeping outdoor heat out,
assisting in stabilizing indoor temperature.

Inoperable
design.
The fact that picture windows are inoperable or fixed
means they are least likely to be the source of air leakage, a major cause of
temperature instability inside a home. This means that based on design alone,
picture windows are already energy-efficient. Thanks to technological advancements,
however, even already-energy-efficient picture windows have still improved,
helping boost energyefficiency in the home further.

Picture
window replacement
Picture windows are
great choices for new homes as well as window replacement and remodeling. Even
those with existing picture windows should consider upgrading to newer ones to
take advantage of more energy-efficient features, especially if saving on
electricity costs is a major concern for you. Whatever your reasons may be for
opting for picture windows, make sure you only work with a reputable
contractor. This will ensure that you get not just a quality product but expert
installation as well, which will allow your picture window to perform its best.
Should you want to learn more about picture windows, don’t hesitate to get in
touch with your local contractor today.
Ryan Copple is the
general manager for Renewal by Andersen of Oklahoma. A part of the industry for 20 years
now, he definitely understands what home improvement is all about, sharing his
experiences and knowledge in the company blog. When he’s not engaged in
remodeling homes, Ryan likes to travel with his wife and spend time outdoors
fishing or hunting.