Arched windows have been a very large part of the architecture for many centuries now. In fact, they were used a lot in the architecture in Rome. It has proven to be a timeless staple to modern architecture as well, just because it is a classic that never goes out of style. Arched windows can help to improve the architectural image of your home, and can also help to increase the overall value of your home.
Arched windows have also been referred to as radius windows because they have that arch similar to a radius. The arch helps to soften up the look of the room, and make it less rough around the edges. They can also give you a broader view of the outdoors. So whether you want to watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee each morning, or the sunset at the end of a long day, you can achieve this with arched windows.
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The Advantages of Arched Windows
Arched windows definitely have their fair share of benefits. First, they have so much versatility in their design. You can get just a single arched window, or you can get small arches to go on top of your regular windows. This gives you a lot of flexibility in determining where to put arched windows in your home. You can also use windows that you already have, and add the arches at the top to save money and time.
Another benefit of arched windows is their unique design. Since they have been around for so long, people know that they are really going to stay in style. They are unique because you don’t see them on every home. They add a certain touch of class to your home. They have different shapes you can choose from as well. Whether you are looking for round, oval, or semi-circle, you can find it in an arched window. This gives you a lot of freedom in the design as well.
Arched windows are also extremely low maintenance. You don’t have to worry about leaks and other issues because they are typically fixed windows that do not have any ability to open or close. You really have to keep them clean on the inside and out.
This is not very difficult unless of course they are higher up and you may need a ladder to reach them.
Another plus is the price. Arched windows tend to be on the affordable side, especially if you go with partial arches on top of existing windows. You can completely renovate your windows without having to replace them completely. It will look like a brand new window, for a lot less money.
The Drawbacks of Arched Windows
While arched windows do have a lot of great advantages, it is important to know their drawbacks as well. First, it is important to understand that a majority of these windows do not offer any sort of ventilation for your home. They do let in a lot of natural light, but they don’t vent at all. This is the purpose of fixed windows. If you want to have some ventilation from your windows, it may be a good idea to consider a different type of window.
Various Types of Arched Windows
Arched windows come in a variety of different types for you to choose from. Let’s take a closer look at these types, so you can decide what is right for your home or office.
- Fixed Arched WindowsFixed arched windows are the most common. It is not often that you see an arched window that can be opened and closed. These are really just ideal when you want to allow the light to flow in, or have them for aesthetic purposes. The good news is that this type is generally weatherproof and don’t require too much upkeep.
- Hinged Arched WindowsIf you need your arched window to be able to open and close, then it is a good idea to look for a hinged arched window. The best way to do this is to choose something with a casement window style. This is going to give you a better view outdoors, while still offering a good deal of space to open the window.
- Multi-Arch WindowsA lot of the arched windows that you see in homes have a more ornate design around them. This is because they are made up of multiple arched windows that are put together to look like a single window with a design. These are very ornate and can add to the aesthetic appeal of your home.
Single Arched Windows – Are They Best?
- Do you want a single arched window? That means that the entire window is in the shape of an arch, unlike a small arched window placed above a regular window to give the look of an arched window. These are typically more expensive, especially if you are trying to add brand new windows to the home. Often times people want to get the small custom windows to go over existing windows, just to give the look.
- Single Arched Windows Can Give a Better View
While a lot of people go with multi-arch windows, a single arched window can give you the best view. This is because there are no seams to block the light. If a view is on your list of most important factors, and you don’t like obstruction, then consider a custom single arched window.
- Multi-Arch Windows Can Save Money
One reason that people choose to go with multi-arched windows is that they can be a great deal more affordable than a single arched window. This not only lets you make use of the windows that are already in your home, but it also brings down the overall cost of the window. Larger windows are going to cost a great deal more.
- Multi-Arch Windows Are More Customizable
Are you looking for a very large arch window in your home? If so, you may find it difficult to achieve with a single arch window. It may be a better idea for you to customize multiple windows to create the size arch window you are looking for. If you have deep set ceilings with taller walls, then you may need to stack standard windows and top it with an arched window to get the look that you need. This is something you can discuss with a professional window installation contractor.
- Hanging Drapes and Shades on Arched Windows
One question we are often asked is how you are supposed to hang drapes or shades over arched windows. This is because of their unique shape; it may not be as easy to determine where the curtains will look best. There are quite a few ways that you can do this. You can hang the drapes either above or below the arch.
Hanging them above the arch can have its pros and cons. It will darken up the room, which can be good for bedrooms but may not be ideal for places that you want to bring in extra light. It will also hide the trim of the windows, which you may not want to do if you have customized trim. The good news is that you can always pull back the drapes when you want to let in the light and show off the windows.
Hanging the drapes below the arch can also be a good idea. This will allow you to shade the windows below, but still, let a good amount of natural light in from the arched part of the window. This is something that people often do in living areas. No matter where you choose to hang your drapes, it will look great on the arched windows. It really is just a matter of personal preference.
Why Professional Installation is a Must
If you want to have arched windows installed in your home, you definitely want to make sure that you have it done professionally. This type of window is not very easy, and it is not going to be a simple DIY project. You have to make sure that you get the measurements just right to prevent leaking from the windows, and that can be difficult with the arch. You will want to work with someone that has experience working with arched windows. This will ensure that the framing work is done right and that the window is well insulated to ensure the best protection from the weather.
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