Picture window installations can give you the homeowner the best possible view of the area surrounding your building, and allow you to take advantage of it even when the weather is extreme and the temperature falls well below zero. You can be safely inside the confines of your home, but still feel as though you are part of nature and integrated with the environment outside. There are some practical disadvantages with picture windows and their installation, but with the right creativity these disadvantages can be overcome.
If you have no existing window in your wall, or if you are building a new wall from scratch, you will have the optimum degree of freedom and be able to design your own window exactly how you would want it. This will allow you to make sure that all relevant practical considerations are satisfied, as well as the need for an aesthetic appearance. If you are modifying an existing window, you will be more limited as to what you can do without a significant amount of extra work and expense. There will still be much you can do decoratively to enhance the appearance of the window, and the materials can always be replaced with superior ones.
The materials used in picture windows are even more important than those used in ordinary windows in other rooms of the house, simply because of the size of the window. If there are any ill-fitting sections of the frame, the leak which will result symptoms likely to be far more severe and will result in greatly increased heating bills. Any rotting areas of wood are likely to spread and be far more expensive and difficult to replace. The glass itself will cover such a wide area that it will need to be energy efficient and to resist heat loss to the greatest possible degree.
The greatest disadvantage of having a picture window in your home is that it presents an ideal opportunity for an intruder to simply break the glass and enter. Picture windows rarely, if ever, have bars across the glass because it would defeat the very object of having them in the first place. The only practical solution is to make sure the windows are installed to highest possible quality, and then to fit a covering door on the outside so that the window can be secured. This is not a perfect solution, but it will certainly make the intruder’s task far more difficult.
Installing picture windows can present unique problems also, as you are dealing with such large units of material. It is far more likely that there will have been some warping, either in a wooden window frame itself, or even in the structure of the property. To make sure the window fits exactly, you will need to measure the edges exactly, and you may need to employ some type of sealant to make sure that any existing gaps are filled in. This will be especially true if you are using modern rigid materials which will have little or no degree of give or flexibility.
There is no reason why you cannot have a picture window in your home and take advantage of the benefits, but there are inherent problems which will need to be overcome. If you can choose your material carefully, have the window installed to the highest possible standard, and then add to the security features by making sure the window is covered, you can use picture windows in the safest and best way. Finding the right installer to give you these features is easier now that businesses are making themselves visible on the Internet, so there is no reason not to go ahead and get your picture window.