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Looking through Different Types of Picture Windows

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Written by: Stephanie Stevens

Adding a touch of grace to your home while also providing a beautifully framed and unobstructed view of the beauty of the outside world, picture windows are sold in varying sizes and styles. Designed for use in a number of rooms, the most important purposes of picture windows are to maximize the view and provide exceptional lighting capability. Often used in large foyers, living rooms, dining rooms, and recreation rooms, they provide an elegant touch of sophistication along with the perfect balance of light and priceless views.

Picture windows are often complemented with casement, sliding, double hung, or single hung windows to the right and left of them. The addition of one of these operating styles of windows is done primarily to enable necessary ventilation. In some cases, the picture window may not be accompanied by any other window styles, simply because ventilation isn't required or desired. Typically, installing these in your home instantly transforms the rooms, making them appear larger through a greater abundance of light as well as the showcasing of the outdoor world.

One of the more popular styles of these windows is the maintenance-free vinyl style. Featuring even sight lines and rot-free frames, worry-free vinyl picture windows offer crisp lines and a clean look that accentuates the exterior of your home. Since vinyl picture style windows are available with low-E insulating glass, they also feature energy efficiency, an important financial consideration for those homeowners who are concerned about heating and cooling costs. Plus, if you choose one of the low-E4 glass picture style windows, your furniture, carpeting, and possessions are protected from harmful UV rays.

Vinyl Replacement Picture Windows

The ultimate in performance and artistic appearance, the windows are a great way to add a classy look as well as value to your home. If you ever decide to place your home on the market, your new windows are going to make terrific selling points. The great open look of replacement picture windows provides a clear view of the outdoors, while shedding light on the interior of your home. Since you can have a combination fixed window/opening window style installed, you get the benefit of opening your room up to additional light as well as ventilation.

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Picture windows are especially good choices for existing or new construction that is situated near the gorgeous views presented by mountains, city scapes, oceans, and wide open space. Since they do not have window screens or moveable parts, the upkeep on this type of fixed window is minimal.

With a number of decorative glass options, a variety of frame colors, and different combinations and sizes to choose from, homeowners can easily select any one of a number of available types to complement their existing home d├ęcor and furnishings. Replacement picture windows not only provide a functional and attractive addition to any room, but they also offer a unique transformation of the home's exterior adding a touch of architectural beauty to it. Even geometric windows are designed with unique architectural aspects that can be used to enhance the exterior appearance of a home.

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