Fixed Windows

Fixed windows, also known as fixed frame windows, are very simply windows that don’t open. They are also sometimes referred to as picture windows, since they provide a view to the outdoors but do not allow in air. The non-operable windows, although prohibiting ventilation, are a great addition to any home due to the amount of light that they can add to a room.

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“Fixed windows can be used as standalone windows or in conjunction with other window types. Fixed frame windows have a number of advantages as well as disadvantages that should be considered before a decision is made as to where they should be used in a home.”

Basics Of Fixed Windows

A fixed frame window contains a solid frame with a solid pane of glass within it. The window does not open and does not vent in any way. For this reason, fixed frame windows are relatively less expensive than other window types because they have no operable parts. They can be used on their own to let in light or can be used in conjunction with other windows to add dramatic impact, while the other windows still allow for ventilation (like in a bay window). Since the windows don’t open, they are very often used in larger sizes than traditional windows (such as picture windows), although they can be ordered in just about any size and shape.

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Fixed Window Costs

What do fixed windows cost? This will vary depend on factors such as size, shape, materials, custom finishes and manufacturer. In general, however, these windows are less expensive than other types of windows that are operable. You can expect to pay around half as much for a fixed frame window as you would for a double hung or casement window of the same size.

This is because they do not have moving mechanisms and parts. Installation costs will be the same as operable windows, so you will only save money on the window itself.

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Advantages Of Fixed Windows

One big advantage to fixed windows is security. Since the windows do not open or vent, there is no way for intruders or pests to gain entry into your home, unless they break the window. Since many fixed frame windows are rather large in size, intruders will typically not break a large window and will opt to move on to another window or another home. Fixed frame windows are also relatively energy efficient, since the glass pane is sealed in the frame all the way around, with no openings left on any side for operation. The one thing to consider, however, is that because many fixed windows have large panes of glass, you should opt for energy efficient features such as double panes, gas fills and low emissive coatings to enhance the energy efficient value of the windows. The large panes of glass in these windows let in loads of light and provide unobstructed views to the outside. The windows are also very versatile and can be used almost anywhere and with any other type of window to create a distinctive look. Finally, price is a big advantage to fixed frame windows, since they are cheaper than other window styles.


The biggest disadvantage to fixed frame windows is the lack of ventilation they offer. For this reason, they need to be used only in locations where ventilation is not needed or in conjunction with other operable window types (such as double-hung, awnings, or casements windows). Since they don’t open, the windows also cannot be used as an emergency exit from the home. One other downside to fixed frame windows is that cleaning is a bit of a hassle. The only way to clean the outside of the window is to go outside – there are no “tilt-outs” to make cleaning a breeze.

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