Are Floor To Ceiling Windows Right For Your Home?

There is a growing trend towards floor to ceiling windows or large fixed windows in modern apartments and homes. Although they look sleek and contemporary are they really the right choice for your home in the long run? There is no denying that large windows with uninterrupted views can look scenic and picturesque as a backdrop to your home, but before you decide on an expansive window do understand and consider the long term implications of your choice.

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Floor to ceiling windows let in ample light

Climate 

In a tropical climate, walls can provide a degree of insulation from the harsh seasonal elements. A large window will let in the heat and light of the sun at the peak of summer, heating up your indoors and making you uncomfortable in your own home. The inverse applies in the winter months ,as large windows can lead to heat loss and make your home colder. 

Light

While naturally well lit homes can seem more spacious and bright, the trade off is between letting in natural light and insulating adequately for your local climate conditions. In a place with mild to moderate climate year round that does not require temperature controlled interiors, large windows can be a beautiful and effective choice.

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Floor to ceiling windows in a bedroom 

Cost

Apart from the discomfort of high and low temperatures in different seasons, the cost of keeping your home cooled or heated will skyrocket due to the lack of insulation leading to a hefty electric bill. It is for you to consider the looks of the window versus the cost to you and the adverse environmental impact of using electricity generated by burning fossil fuels.

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The exterior of a home with large windows

Maintenance

Large glass panes can also be a maintenance nightmare as reaching high corners and edges to clean the glass, both interior and exterior may require specialized equipment or personnel trained to do the job. This can be an expensive proposition in the long run. If you live in a building where the cleaning crew is equipped to deal with this then you have nothing to worry about and can enjoy the beautiful, uninterrupted view.

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Large glass windows, doors and floor in a home

Replacement

Large glass panes are quite expensive and logistically difficult to replace if damaged. Although tempered glass is usually used for large windows, and is resistant to breaking or cracking easily, accidents do happen. If your home is on a high floor or on the outskirts of town, replacing a broken window could prove extremely challenging and difficult.

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A home that is designed with floor to ceiling windows

Even with all of these points to consider large windows can look magnificent when viewed from the outside and can underline the architectural design features of a home. Floor to ceiling windows blur the lines between the outdoors and the indoors, bringing the outdoors 'in' as it were. On the inside of the home, they provide a feeling of space and airiness, making your home seem larger as compared to enclosed rooms with small windows that can feel claustrophobic. 

It all comes down to a trade-off between an aesthetically appealing sense of space and concerns regarding costs of long term maintenance. Now that you know the pros and the cons, the final choice is yours!

Ranjita Bhandari

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Home Concierge


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