Does your home have an open layout, a flat, clean roofline and other sleek architectural details? Then you must own a modern home, a home style known for its emphasis on minimalist design, natural light and seamless connection with the outdoors. The windows gracing these homes tend to have slim frames and expansive glass–features you’ll find in picture and sliding windows.
A staple in Contemporary and Modern homes, picture windows come with thin frames and a large glass area. Because they don’t have grids that divide the glass, these units provide an uninterrupted view of the outdoors–which is perfect for framing a stunning view. Picture units are fixed, which means you can’t open them to ventilate your rooms. On the other hand, this same feature makes the picture window one of the most energy efficient options you can find because it forms a complete airtight seal. On top of that, picture windows admit abundant natural light, which helps cut back on lighting bills.
Sliding windows allow for convenient operation–their smooth gliding motion along durable, even tracks takes very little effort. Because they can be opened, they provide excellent natural ventilation.
Contemporary homes are all about streamlined appearance and a more spacious feel. Picture and sliding windows can provide both, which make them an excellent choice for your window replacement project.
Pro-Tip: As with all window styles, picture and sliding windows work best with a durable composite framing material and advanced low-emissivity (Low-E) glass. This way, you’ll enjoy a home that looks beautiful and is also extremely energy efficient.
In the final installment of our three-part blog, we take a close look at the versatility of double hung windows, which can match almost any home style.