Sometimes, when choosing a replacement window, less is more. Windows with simple designs, such as picture windows, complement a wide variety of interior styles and draw attention to the views outside instead of to themselves. Renewal by Andersen® of Knoxville, a top window company in the state, is here to show you how to make the most of picture windows.
Why Picture Windows?
Why not sliding windows? For one thing, picture windows last longer than similarly sized windows because they have no moving parts or opening mechanisms, which get worn use.
What about ventilation? Picture windows are fixed, so they can’t improve indoor airflow. However, picture windows are installed to boost another aspect of indoor comfort—natural lighting.
The Tennessee area–with its gentle springs, lengthy summers and mild autumns–receives a great deal of sunlight all year round. As such, local window replacement experts recommend focusing on this particular aspect first before tackling other factors that affect indoor air comfort.
Natural Lighting and Indoor Comfort
Natural lighting has several benefits: it can improve your mood, make a room seem larger, and, of course, help you cut down on your energy costs. However, it can also be too much of a good thing, with excessive natural light bringing with it excessive heat, causing indoor temperatures to rise. Luckily, you can enjoy natural lighting without the accompanying heat by installing picture windows with coatings.
However, not just any coating will do. Some windows are tinted and therefore darken the glass, which could affect your curb appeal. This isn’t a problem with Renewal by Andersen replacement windows. They’re equipped with our exclusive High Performance™ Low-E4® glass, which is nearly as clear as ordinary glass, but can block up to 95% of infrared rays, the source of solar heat. And compared to a standard dual-pane window, they’re 70% and 49% more energy-efficient in summer and winter, respectively.
Maximizing Curb Appeal
Speaking of curb appeal, we mentioned earlier that picture windows are preferable to other windows with wide glass areas because of their minimal design. Renewal by Andersen windows have another advantage—their frames are narrower and more elegant but can hold a glass panel as wide as a standard window’s panel. This is thanks to Fibrex® frames, which are unique to Renewal by Andersen.
Fibrex, a composite material made of reclaimed wood fiber and thermoplastic polymer, is twice as strong vinyl. However, unlike vinyl windows, they won’t warp under high temperatures, making them suited to hot climates.
Mixing and Matching Styles
Going back to the issue of ventilation, you can simply install other types of windows—ones that have an opening mechanism—that can improve ventilation. For example, you can install two casement windows on the sides of a picture windows or experiment with a variety of styles.
Can’t decide on which windows to pair with your new picture windows? Renewal by Andersen offers free consultations. We’re sure one of our design experts can help you pick a great combination.
Picture Windows of Varying Sizes
Who says you can only get one big picture window? If you’re looking to add a bit more personality to your interior, we suggest installing picture windows of varying sizes on simple wall spaces. Just make sure only a qualified window contractor installs them.
Renewal by Andersen’s Signature Service
You should be particular with the window’s size. Some manufacturers make windows in sizes not usually found in most homes. The only way you can make sure a window will be a great fit is by choosing a custom window.
With Renewal by Andersen, you won’t have to worry about whether your window is the right size because we’ll customize each unit according to your needs and preferences. This makes it easy for us to guarantee that you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for.
Want to learn more about our premium windows?
Renewal by Andersen of Knoxville offers a wide variety of premium windows, including double-hung windows. To schedule a free consultation with a design expert, call us at (865) 221-7970 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Knoxville, TN, as well as other areas in Tennessee.