At Zen Windows, we’re pretty passionate about what we do. In fact, you could even say that we’re a bit obsessed with windows. So, if you’re looking to learn all about picture windows, you’ve come to the right place! From “What is a picture window?” to “Should I install my own picture window?” we’ll answer all your pressing questions!
What’s the Origin of Picture Windows?
Picture windows have a rich history and were, in fact, the very first windows ever used. And, before picture windows were made of glass, other materials like thin chunks of marble, paper and flattened pieces of animal horn were used.
What is a Picture Window?
A picture window is an unmoving piece of glass. Unlike casement or double-hung windows, picture windows are entirely stationary. They’re found either in the shape of a rectangle or a square and are typically larger than your average double-hung window.
Best Uses for Picture Windows
Picture windows are fantastic additions to many rooms of the home. They’re a perfect installation for homeowners looking to enjoy their backyard or other scenic view completely unobstructed. Or, if you’d like to have a room completely awash in natural light, a picture window is a great way to brighten up a space. Picture windows on their own are not a good option if you’re looking to increase the ventilation in a room. However, adding double-hung or casement windows to either side of a picture window is both a practical and beautiful application.
Why You Should Trust the Pros for Installation
It may seem tempting to install a picture window on your own. After all, there aren’t any moving parts and it’s either a rectangle or square, so it’s not as tough to frame out as a round-top window. But, due to a picture window’s size and weight, they often require a crew of three or more people to install correctly. And, if you aren’t installing it at ground level, you’ll likely require scaffolding or a series of ladders.
In addition to all installation logistics, if you were to install a picture window yourself, you’d also have to figure out how to dispose of your old window and transporting a large sheet of glass is about as easy as it looks in the movies!
Looking for a Replacement Picture Window?
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