When replacing the windows on your home there plenty of choices to be made. What colors should you use on the trim and frames? Should you get decorative shutters? Should you choose dual- or triple-pane windows? One decision most homeowners have the most fun with is choosing the styles of windows to place throughout their home. One style to consider is the picture window.
What are picture windows?
Picture windows, as the name suggests, are windows that our window experts commonly install in houses with a beautiful exterior view. They are typically large with minimal framing, and their panes are ‘fixed’ meaning that you cannot open picture windows. Therefore, they offer an expansive and unobstructed view of the outdoors.
Picture windows, in most cases, are installed along with other smaller operable windows on the sides. Since you cannot open the main window, these smaller windows offer the ventilation required.
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Pros of picture windows
The main advantage of picture windows is definitely the aesthetic appeal, but they have a lot more to offer. For one, because they have such large, unobstructed panes, they allow a lot of sunlight to enter your home. During the day, homeowners with picture windows do not require to switch on their lights; they can rely on the natural lighting from these windows. As a result, they can save a lot on their bills.
Cons of picture windows
As with all other kinds of windows, picture windows come with their own set of drawbacks. One is the lack of ventilation. Since picture windows do not open, there is no way to ventilate the area quickly when they are installed on their own. This is why homeowners often install them along with casement or awning windows, allowing for air movement when desired.