- Internal drainage system
- High efficiency Low E Argon thermal glass
Picture windows are appropriately named, because they are large, fixed panes with low profile frames to maximize your view. Since they’re fixed panes, they are stationary, and can’t move or open. While picture windows can sometimes be by themselves, they are commonly used in combination with additional windows to create an attractive configuration.
A Great View
Picture windows are appropriately named for their ability to enhance the view outside of your home. The large, fixed panes are not created for ventilation, but rather to maximize the sightlines leading from the inside of the room to the outdoors. Most often the picture windows are centre point of the room they inhabit, and are usually set in the middle of the main outer wall. There’s also the possibility of installing additional smaller windows along the sides or above the picture window. If you have an extraordinary panoramic view outside your home, a picture window is probably the best way to emphasize it.
Picture windows are versatile in that they are perfectly sufficient when allowed to dominate a room on their own, but they can also work very well as part of a larger configuration with one or more other smaller windows. By combining the picture window with other windows it’s possible to broaden the view of the outdoors, add more natural light to the room and allow the room to appear larger.
Not only do picture windows enhance the view outside of the house, they’re also designed to allow the most light into the house as possible. Picture windows are ideal for brightening up a room and allowing natural sunlight to improve the lighting and illumination during the daylight hours. Picture windows can be used to take maximum advantage of the arc of the sun no matter the orientation of the room.
Picture windows come in a wide variety of sizes making them appropriate for virtually any room in the house. The appropriate size really depends on personal preference and the layout of the room in which the window is being installed. Picture windows can be bought off the shelf in standard sizes, or be custom made to allow for a perfect fit wherever necessary.
FAQ on Picture Windows
Why should I buy from Comfort Windows & Doors Inc?
We offer not only great products with exceptional customer service as well. We really want to ensure you get the best windows and doors for your home! At Comfort Windows & Doors Inc, you can get a no-obligation quote on replacing your windows or doors. Comfort Windows & Doors Inc does not employ commission-based salespeople.
What kind of window and door materials does Comfort Windows & Doors Inc offer?
You can find windows and doors of almost any material – wood, vinyl, fiberglass, and aluminum.
What do I need to know about vinyl windows?
Vinyl windows are one of the most popular in the industry because they are the ideal combination of performance with price. Vinyl windows are virtually maintenance-free and can have excellent energy efficiency. Vinyl windows are not affected by the harsh Canadian climate.
What kind of window styles does Comfort Windows & Doors Inc offer?
We offer many different styles of windows, including casement, awning, fixed casement, picture (fixed), double-hung, bay, bow, and transom windows!
What are the most energy-efficient types of windows?
The most energy-efficient types of windows available are casement, awning, fixed casement and picture windows. All our windows are Energy Star certified.
What should I know when buying vinyl windows?
There are a ton of window materials available today. Vinyl windows pose many benefits—they’re cost-effective, durable, weather-resistant and more! Comfort Windows & Doors Inc carries vinyl windows from a variety of manufacturers—you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
Will my home comfort improve after installing energy-efficient windows (and doors)?
The obvious answer is ‘yes’ just because you’ll no longer feel the drafts that result from cold air entering through low-quality windows. There’s actually much more to an improved comfort level though. First off the insulation around your windows and doors is replaced with insulating foam which fills every void that might have been present resulting in more drafts. Window upgrades also keep your home more comfortable in the summer by
retaining cooled air and help to control indoor humidity throughout the year.
How do I know the new windows and doors I purchase are energy efficient?
All Energy Star products have a symbol and label on them that indicates they have been certified to meet stringent technical requirements. Always look for the Energy Star label when browsing for replacement windows.
What does it mean when a product is Energy Star certified?
Energy Star is a program run by Natural Resources Canada that was created to monitor and regulate the efficiency of various home construction products such as windows, appliances, furnaces, etc. Manufacturers submit their products to be tested and certified. If compliant, it means that products rank in the top 15 or top 30 percent in the niche in terms of energy performance. Energy Star certified products not only save money on your utility bill but also increase the value of your home.
When do I know that I need to replace my windows?
You can actively identify if your windows need to be replaced by being aware of the following:
- You notice fog, condensation, or moisture on your glass consistently. When the view through your window becomes hazy like this it usually indicates that a seal has failed.
- Certain areas of your home become faded from where the sun enters the window. This could be furniture, carpeting, or even hardwood and it means you need to upgrade windows because your current models are allowing harmful UV rays to enter your home.
- Your current windows are not rated for the new climate regulations. Colder climates require a higher ER rating to satisfy energy efficiency recommendations. Your windows are grandfathered in and a replacement isn’t mandatory, but just know the amount of energy you are losing by having these lower quality units installed.
- If your windows are having difficulty opening, closing, and locking it could be time for replacement windows or at the very least a repair. Having a window that doesn’t properly open is a violation of building codes and is a huge safety risk in case of a fire.
- Rotting or pealing wood means the windows are past their prime and ready for replacement. The older your windows are, obviously, the more likely this occurrence will be.