Does a Picture Window Tell the Right Story in My Home

Does a Picture Window Tell the Right Story in My Home

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, then a picture window must have a lot to say about your house.

First, let’s explain what we mean by a picture window. A picture window is a stationary window, meaning it doesn’t open. It is used often as an architectural element to help define the style of a house, to create a statement or to highlight a view.

Picture windows can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes depending on the personality of your home. Picture windows can denote a modern influence with shapes like trapezoids and octagons. It can highlight a focal point like a well-landscaped backyard using an oversized window in a circle or half circle. A picture window can be paired with other traditional windows to maximize function.

Picture window with contoured white grid

Windows play a role in establishing the look and feel of a home. A picture window is designed to let in the most amount of light in a space. It can create a dramatic feature for the home or an understated unobstructed view of the outdoors. At Thompson Creek, you can work with our designers to find the best shape and size for your picture window. We design, build and install your windows so custom orders are part of what we do!

Before choosing the type of window, first determine the purpose of the window- is it for ventilation, view or even for emergency egress?

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Here is a list of different types of windows in addition to a picture window you can choose for your home:

1- Double hung– This is your most traditional window. Double hung windows feature a top and bottom sash that can slide vertically up and down in the frame. This is a great choice for its ease of cleaning and its ability to be easily locked or removed for safety. Double hung windows don’t protrude inside or outside the home when opened.

2- Casement- This type of a window is one of the most versatile because it can stand alone or be paired with other types of windows such as picture windows or bay windows. Casement windows hinge at the side and open using a crank operating system. Because they can be opened and cleaned easily, casement windows are great options in a kitchen or bathroom.

3- Slider- This modern style of window works on a track to maximize light when closed and ventilation when open.

4- Bay and Bow – This type of window does a bit of double duty. In addition to giving you a view from three angles, it is also creates a bit of additional interior space in the home. Most bay windows combine three windows usually a center picture window flanked by two smaller sized windows. Bow window usually incorporate a set of equal sized windows to create a curved look. Bay windows usually feature double hungs on the end vents whereas a bow typically features casements and pictures windows to form the bow.

5- Awning and hopper windows– Awning windows use a hinge at the top to open outward letting in air from the bottom or sides. Awning windows are best used in bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms. Hopper windows hinge at the bottom and open at the top to catch the most ventilation making them ideal for basements.

6- Garden- A garden window can add space to a busy kitchen, light to a dark room and even a place to grow fresh herbs. Much like a bay window, a garden window protrudes from the home’s exterior but on a much smaller scale.

All of Thompson Creek’s windows are constructed using the highest quality materials including the most energy efficient glass so they stand the test of time and the elements. Our windows carry a Thompson Creek No-Hassle Warranty and Buyer Protection Guarantee so you know your job will be picture perfect! Call us today at 888-696-7105 for your next home improvement project.

White picture window with arch top