A picture window is a large, fixed window designed to showcase an attractive view. Picture windows cannot be opened and don’t have screens. Picture windows can be installed in many different rooms throughout the home. They are, however, often installed in the living rooms of homes. Homes that have high ceilings usually have large picture windows. A picture window on a tall wall can provide a perfect view of the sky and sun during the day. It can also provide a delightful view of the moon and stars at night. Picture windows add beauty and light to your home.
Picture windows are the most energy efficient window style, they can easily be combined with other window styles to create a unique look. Because picture windows are fixed they don’t have the same seal issues windows that open and close have.
Picture windows provide a lot of natural light and can help a small room feel bigger. Picture windows can add a great deal of value to your home. Homes with well-kept picture windows sell more quickly than those that are lacking this feature. The key in the previous sentence is “well-kept”.
Windows that aren’t cleaned on a regular basis are at risk for etching. Etching is great if you are creating a beautiful work of art, but for home windows, this can be disastrous. Etching and scratching can weaken glass causing the already fragile material to shatter easier. What causes etching? It depends where you live:
- Live near the ocean? Lucky you! Except that being close to the ocean can cause salt and sand to collect on windows. Without regular cleanings, these embed themselves into your porous glass causing permanent stains and cracks.
- Living near a forest or wooded area can be magical. The wildlife and greenery can bring enjoyment. They can also bring hazardous material for your windows. Sap and bark, not to mention pests, can wreak havoc on windows.
- The Midwest is the hub of suburbia. But the Midwest has the hardest water in America. Hard water from sprinklers or hoses can cause serious problems to windows. Hard water contains minerals like calcium and magnesium that find their way into the pores of glass.
Homes with picture windows are a sound investment. They are a great way to add natural beauty to your home. Not only are they beautiful, but they are also energy efficient and affordable.