Whether you are blessed to have a great view from your house of stunning landscapes or you have a modest but beautiful backyard, it’s frustrating when you can’t enjoy it from indoors. Wouldn’t it be great to look up from your morning cup of coffee and newspaper to see birds flying, flowers blooming and the sun beaming in the sky?
When the main rooms of your home only have windows that are average-sized, you can only see part of what’s going on outside. You’re missing part of the picture!
Floor to ceiling windows are the answer for an expanded view. These are often called “picture windows” and, if you’ve ever visited friends or family who had them in their home, you know why. The larger-sized window perfectly frames whatever is outside as if it’s a painting.
And don’t you want your garden or the lovely scene outside to be featured– inside your home– as the work of art it is?!
You can install floor to ceiling windows in any room of your house, but they are especially well-suited for the family room, living room, dining room and even the master bedroom. This type of window comes as a set of stationary panels at the side of a sliding or hinged French door or as picture windows that create a “window wall.” Homeowners will often include 3, 4 or more floor to ceiling windows as a group. For those with cathedral ceilings or whose homes have a great room, they might install a second row of picture windows above the first.
This really opens up the room and lets the outdoors come inside visually!
Some people say they’d love to bring more natural light and an expanded view into their home, but they’re worried. They’re concerned that all of that glass will set them up for drafts and higher heating and cooling bills. Nobody wants that!
Floor to ceiling windows are energy efficient as well as beautiful…
New technology in replacement windows easily takes care of these potential problems. When the window is high quality and installed expertly, floor to ceiling windows are energy efficient. They provide the wonderful view and brighten your home while also keeping the weather and outside temperature fluctuations where they belong…outside.
Rooms with floor to ceiling windows remain comfortable, no matter how chilly or hot it is outside, because the glass is insulated. They are designed with a double layer of glass with a pocket of invisible and non-toxic argon gas in between. This makes it more difficult for radiant heat to make the room warmer than you want it to be
The amount of space in between the layers of glass is important. If it’s too large or too small, the pocket of gas won’t be able to insulate effectively. Over the years, manufacturers like the Andersen Window Company have found the right combination of space between the two layers of glass for maximum energy efficiency.
Another reason why floor to ceiling windows are energy efficient is their Low-E coating. This is a transparent metallic material that’s applied to the windows and it acts as a sort of shield. The Low-E coating pushes outside heat away from the window and keeps inside heat within the room.
You get the benefit of wonderful views outside your house while remaining comfortable inside!