Types of Picture Windows

Written by AnonymousApril 12, 2011

Looking at the Different Types of Picture Windows

A picture window is a type of fixed window with large expanses of glass that frame an unobstructed view. Although they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, picture windows are common in homes with high or vaulted ceilings. These windows allow large amounts of natural light to enter, and the heat from the sun helps warm the room during winter. This reduces energy costs. Because most picture windows are fixed, meaning they don’t open and close, they don’t offer any ventilation.

Picture windows are often large and fragile, so operable ones are not popular. If you have small windows and would like to replace them with picture windows, some manufacturers sell operable ones. Others might be willing to custom make one for you.

The different types of picture windows are:

  • Single pane picture windows are made from one large piece of glass. The glass offers an unobstructed view of the landscape. These windows are typically installed in homes with high or vaulted ceilings. Although beautiful, single picture windows can be very fragile. If any part of the window gets damaged, the entire window has to be replaced.
  • Double pane picture windows are made of two pieces of glass with an airtight space between them. They offer greater insulation than other types of picture windows and they’re sturdier. Double pane windows also offer better noise reduction.
  • Multiple paned picture windows consist of many small pieces of glass. They have a classic look and they’re sturdier than single picture windows. If one pane is damaged, you'll only have to replace the pane, not the entire window.


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