I’m in the process of
remodeling my house, and I’ve noticed the term
“architectural window” thrown around a lot.
What is an architectural window? How is it different
from other windows I would be able to purchase as part
of my remodel?
This is a great question, and it’s one we get
a lot. The term “architectural” means that
the window was created with a particular level of detail
and care. Typically, it also means that the window was
created to mimic a historical style used in major forms
of architecture. Therefore, an architectural window
is meant to have a high level of visual detail and is
a good fit for a home that is of historical or old construction.
The type of window that an architectural window is often
being compared to is referred to as “contractor
grade”. Contractor grade windows are more widely
available, common, less-specific looking windows.
Though an architectural window will give you the high-end
appearance that you might want for a historic or otherwise
classic looking home, it will be a newly manufactured
window. Therefore, it will have certain qualities to
it that could be considered very good. Such as:
Windows that are being produced today - particularly
those that fall under the category of architectural
windows - are made to be superior to lower grade windows.
Therefore, in most cases, the latest technologies in
energy efficiency will be being used in architectural
Typically, architectural windows are made of superior
quality materials such as extruded aluminum, fiberglass,
or real solid wood.
Though architectural windows are sound in their construction
and are made with all of the best specifications, the
truly alluring part of these windows is their attention
to detail when it comes to style. If you have a very
specific look that you’re trying achieve with
your windows, an architectural window will have been
made specifically to create a breathtaking appearance.
Architectural windows are typically manufactured by
architectural window specialists, which means that you
have a greater chance of being able to have a designer
work with you in creating a design that is going to
most closely fit your needs. If you purchase contractor
grade windows, such as what is available at your local
home renovation store, you will not be able to customize
the design to directly fit your needs.
If you are considering using architectural windows for
your home, it’s recommended that you work with
a specialist who can coach you on the types of styles,
materials, colors, and sizes that are available to you
for your project. Working directly with an architectural
metal and glass company will give you the opportunity
to speak to a designer about not only what’s available,
but also what’s possible. Many architectural metal
and glass firms are happy to take on custom work where
needed and will be happy to work with you on creating
something that’s specific to your needs.