Fixed Frame Windows
|Fixed Frame Replacement Windows|
|Non-operable windows which let in light but do not allow ventilation.|
Fixed frame replacement windows come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, allowing homeowners to add to the interior and exterior home décor with an affordable window option. Replacement fixed frame windows are inoperable windows which neither open nor close. They are a suitable choice for a room opening which needs to allow in light but not ventilation.
 Fixed Frame Windows
Fixed frame windows are attractive replacement window options which are often chosen for remodeling projects because of their versatility and affordability. Fixed frame windows are inoperable windows and therefore do not require the mechanisms or any of the hardware needed to operate windows. Fixed frame windows add a unique style to a room with no obstructions which can block light in other windows.
Fixed frame windows offer a homeowner the opportunity to add to his home's décor with a low-cost window alternative. The fixed frame replacement window provides a large or small window option for any room and is an attractive feature on the home's interior and exterior.
Homeowners must plan the installation of a fixed window in a location which does not need an operable window to properly ventilate a room. Fixed windows do not include opening sashes so they are most suitable in areas which don't need additional air flow. They are also suitable windows to install as accompaniments to operable windows.
 Sizes and Shapes
Replacement fixed frame windows can feature a window surface that's as large as 48 square feet or as small as fifteen square inches or anything in between. Fixed frame windows come in a variety of shapes including triangles, rectangles, diamonds, circles, half-circles, octagons and more. The homeowner may choose to create a wall of windows which include operable and fixed frames, or an area with just fixed frames, to enhance the home’s character.
In addition to the attractive look of a fixed frame window, many homeowners prefer to include replacement fixed frame windows when remodeling their home for budgetary reasons. The lack of an operating mechanism and operating hardware translates into a less expensive window alternative.
 Framing Materials
Many different manufacturers produce replacement fixed windows including manufacturers who produce vinyl, aluminum, wood frame/aluminum clad, composite and fiberglass windows. Each homeowner must determine the framing material that fits the remodeling budget and architectural plan. A framing material that is appropriate for a room's interior may be inappropriate for the home's exterior. Furthermore, skyrocketing energy costs make it imperative for homeowners to research the energy efficiency of replacement windows before the purchase. The homeowner must consider all of these issues when choosing the best framing material for the home's particular circumstances.
 Energy-Efficient Window Framing Materials
A window frame's energy efficiency is judged by its "U-factor," a standard industry rating that judges the rate at which the window frame conducts heat. The lower the window's U-factor, the greater the level of energy efficiency. When preparing to purchase replacement windows, homeowners should review the replacement fixed frame window's U-factor rating to determine the window's insulation capacity and ability to resist heat flow.
Energy efficient window frames are generally a more expensive window option than non-energy efficient models. Today's homeowners are aware that they will recoup the increased window cost through savings in energy costs -- savings that will, over the lifetime of the window, well exceed the difference in window cost.
In addition, government assistance for the purchase of energy efficient remodeling materials, in the form of state tax rebates, help offset the higher costs of energy efficient fixed window frames.
Wood windows are an attractive window option for replacement fixed frame windows. Most window manufacturers don't sell wood windows because, untreated, the window's exterior will warp or rot. Few homeowners are prepared to varnish or paint their wood windows annually.
 Wood with Aluminum Cladding
A number of window manufacturers offer wood fixed frame windows that have an exterior aluminum cladding. The treated cladding protects the window from the elements while the wood frame interior presents a striking inner appearance.
Aluminum fixed frame windows are a low-cost replacement window alternative. They are available in a variety of grades of aluminum and come in a range of colors. The energy efficiency of aluminum as a replacement fixed window frame is questionable. Aluminum is a cold surface where condensation may form in cold weather. This condensation increases the moisture level in the house during the winter months.
Vinyl frame windows offer a low-cost replacement fixed window alternative. Vinyl frames are available in a range of colors and insulation capabilities. Some vinyl window manufacturers do produce energy efficient windows and display the seal of the National Green Building Standards for environmental residential construction.
Fiberglass is a more expensive replacement fixed window frame option. Industry experts note that fiberglass provides good insulation in conjunction with a strong replacement fixed window frame. Fiberglass is available in a range of colors for both the home's interior and exterior.
Composite replacement window frames are manufactured from a blend of materials. Composite fixed window frame alternatives include vinyl with wood veneers, blends of wood chips and recycled plastic and fiberglass with interior wood cladding. Each composite option provides a different level of energy efficiency.
A variety of glazing options exist for fixed frame windows which offer varying degrees of light and energy efficiency. These glazing options are available for replacement fixed frame windows of all sizes and shapes including irregular shaped fixed frames.
 Energy Efficient Glazing Choices
The levels of heat gain and loss through the window's glazing is the basis for determining a window's energy efficiency. Glazing options can cut down on the transfer of cold and heat through the glass and provide an energy efficient window.
 Multi-Pane Glazing
Double or triple layers of glass increase a window's insulating capabilities. These layers of glass are sealed into the replacement fixed frame window in the factory to ensure durability. Some window manufacturers pump argon or krypton gas, insulating gases, into the space between the window's panes to increase the window's energy efficiency. Triple-pane glazing is often recommended for replacement fixed frame windows in homes which are built in extremely hot or cold climates. Their cost over double glazing is negligible.
 Low E Coating
Low-E (Low-emissivity) coating is coated on replacement fixed frame windows in the factory. It is an invisible layer of metallic oxide which controls heat transfer caused by the sun. Replacement fixed frame windows with Low-E are more expensive than non-coated windows but estimates are that they can reduce energy loss by as much as 30% - 50%.
 Privacy Glass
Homeowners may request a privacy glass -- a clouded or patterned non-clear glass -- to be installed in a fixed frame window. Placements for such replacement fixed frame windows may include bathrooms or basements.
Replacement fixed frame windows can be ordered with grilles for both standard sized fixed frame windows and custom sized windows. These grilles are available as clip-ons or, if pre-ordered, installed between the glass panes in the factory. Both options allow for easy cleaning.