Picture windows are fixed in place and cannot be opened — they're purely meant to be looked through. Because of this, however, they can be incorporated into bold modern designs that can truly set your home apart. By pairing with other window types, you can maximize both the comfort and aesthetics of any room.
If you have an outside view worth capturing, frame the scene with picture windows from Hodges Windows & Doors.
You may have heard that real estate is all about location, location, location — so take advantage of it. If you dwell amidst gorgeous natural scenery or have a glimpse of majestic skyline, picture windows provide unobstructed views.
Because picture windows do not need to accommodate any moving parts, they can be sealed tighter. Because they can be customized to virtually any size, they can admit the maximum natural light into the room.
Mix-and-match shapes and sizes for aesthetics; pair with other window types for airflow and functionality.
Why are they called picture windows?
Picture windows are called as such because they seamlessly frame a scene — they're just one fixed pane of glass looking outward. There are no moving parts and few, if any, dividers (grilles, muntins, rails, stiles, etc.) in the way to disrupt your view. Appropriately, picture windows are all about clarity! If there are outdoor surroundings you really want to showcase, a picture window is a great way to go about it.
What sizes are picture windows available in?
Picture windows are available in a broad range of sizes — the right size for you depends on whether you are pairing them with other windows and where you're installing them. If the surrounding walls are high and wide enough, some picture windows can reach sizes as large as 8 feet tall and over 9 feet wide!
How do I ventilate a room with a picture window?
It is easy to ventilate a room with picture windows (which are fixed and inoperable) by flanking them with operable windows (such as double-hung or casement windows to either side or awning windows above or below). If these operable windows are mulled (sealed) together with the picture window, it's known as a picture window unit. Popular examples of picture window units include bay and bow windows.
How much do picture windows cost?
On average, standalone picture windows cost between $500 and $1,200 to install or replace. The average cost for a wood-framed picture window 6 feet wide by 4 feet tall in 2020 was $1,000. This is less expensive than a replacement bay window (a picture window unit), which typically runs between $1,150 and $3,550 (due to the moving parts involved and the bump-out).
Are picture windows energy-efficient?
Picture windows are naturally among the most energy-efficient on the market. Because they do not open (sealed directly in the frame) and have no moving parts, there are fewer opportunities for air leaks or drafts. Being equipped with dual-paned, low-e glass (i.e. low emissivity glass, glass overlaid with a microscopically thin layer of metallic oxide that reflect radiant heat back to its source) can boost energy efficiency to another level.
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