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Deciding on the right window style for your home improvement is difficult. There are so many options to consider it can feel overwhelming. So here are details about one popular window style to help make the process a little easier.

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What is Picture Windows?

Picture windows are fixed windows. That means you cannot open and close them. Because they are non-operable, these window styles can be almost any shape or size. Most homeowners choose to install picture windows in living rooms, bedrooms, and formal sitting rooms. This is especially true if you have a great view you want to enjoy.

Benefits of Large Picture Windows

Some of the main advantages of these window styles include:


If you are looking for a large opening, picture windows are the most affordable and often the only option. Operable windows are usually smaller and the cost would be a lot more to make an oversized operating window. That said, the price of large windows increases with size.


Because there are no breaks in these windows, they are the most air tight. You will not have to worry as much about air leaks and energy loss.

More Natural Light

In addition to an expansive view, picture windows increase the natural light in your home. Not only does this make space feel larger and brighter, which minimizes the need for artificial lighting, but it also comes with health benefits.


There are no mechanics or moving parts to worry about.

Drawbacks of Large Picture Windows

Here are a few of the disadvantages that come with large fixed windows:

Heat Gain

With a lot of natural light can come unwanted heat gain. If you want to avoid this type of transfer and keep your energy costs low, make sure the glass on your picture windows is well insulated. Double or even triple-glazing, along with LoE coatings, will keep the heat where it belongs during any season.

Lack of Ventilation

No catching cross breezes if you only choose to install picture windows. That is why these windows are often partnered with smaller, operable windows. That way you can still enjoy the amazing view, but get enough natural ventilation to keep the air in your home fresh and comfortable.


Because these windows do not open, you have to clean the exterior surface from the outside. If you decide to install picture windows on the second story of your home, keep that in mind. You will either need a telescoping window cleaner, a really tall ladder, or a professional window cleaner.

If you are thinking about picture windows for your home, contact Home Supply Window and Door. We can help ensure you get the right product for your project. Call to set up a consultation, 973-949-5401, or stop by 160 Van Winkle Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506. We will professionally execute your project from start to finish.