A picture window ( also known as a fixed lite window) is a non-opening window. Typically a picture window is square or rectangular but can also be arch top, octagonal, triangular, trapezoid or any variety of shapes. The non-rectangular picture windows are called geometrics. Picture windows are often mulled (combined) with other windows to produce a desired look. It is not uncommon to see picture windows combined with operational windows (an arch top window mulled over a double hung window, as seen in the photo) so that ventilation is possible. For areas that need something a little tougher than regular window glass we offer double strength glass, tempered glass, or laminated glass as an option on all of our picture windows.
Picture windows can be made of wood, vinyl, steel, aluminum, fiberglass, or composite. Most picture windows sold today are vinyl or wood (with vinyl being the most popular.) The glass paneling in picture windows can come as double pane or triple pane; with argon gas, krypton gas, or no gas. There are a number of different types of Low-E coatings available which can greatly increase the efficiency of the window.
Picture windows come in a wide variety of colors both interior and exterior (with white or beige being the most popular.) and exterior colors in various shades of brown, green, tan, red bronze, etc are available from many manufacturers. Interior color and wood grain laminates are also available. Picture windows can also come with a wide range of grids/grills between the panes of glass; anything from flat, colonial, contour, diamond, prairie, or double prairie. Etched grids and simulated divided lites are also available as well as mini-blinds between the glass. For those who like the finer things, specialty glass is available with such items as stained glass, art glass, etched glass, brass or lead caming, etc can be incorporated into your window. Call today for a free estimate to see the many possibilities our picture windows can bring to your favorite space!