We install energy-efficient replacement windows in the Minneapolis area, so we understand there are a lot of decisions to be made.  When shopping for replacement windows, you'll find you have numerous options to choose from. You'll want to consider everything from window types and materials to color and pricing.

Another thing to think about is scenery. Do you have a stunning view from a particular angle of your home? If so, a picture window might be the perfect choice for you!

What Is a Picture Window?
A picture window is a large, fixed (inoperable) window used to capture or frame any outdoor scene. As with any window type, picture windows have both their advantages and disadvantages. In this case, both are centered around the fact that they don't open. Let's look at them in greater detail.
The Advantages of a Picture Window
In addition to providing a beautiful view, picture windows also brighten up your home with a lot of natural light. They are among the most energy efficient windows since they are tightly sealed with no crevices for cold air to slip through. This tight seal is also effective for keeping dust and pollen out, making them a good option for those with environmental allergies.

Another big plus is that they're very easy to clean in addition to requiring a minimal amount of maintenance.

The Disadvantages that Come with Picture Windows
On the downside, picture windows provide absolutely no air flow. Because of this, they are often paired with other window types, like double hung, for increased ventilation.

It can also be difficult to find suitable window coverings, particularly if the window is very large. We've found vertical blinds to be a good option for any size picture window. You could always consider custom-made treatments as well.

Quarve Contractors is a Minnesota licensed home improvements contractor, and we install replacement windows in the areas of Eagan, Bloomington, Inver Grove Heights as well as the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Contact us today for a free, in-home estimate!