On the positive side, special shape windows serve as architectural focal points, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of a space while allowing ample natural light to permeate. They also contribute to improved energy efficiency by minimizing heat loss. However, special-shaped fixed windows may involve higher installation costs due to their customized designs. Additionally, they typically lack ventilation options, limiting airflow in comparison to operable window styles.

Although relatively uncommon in the home, fixed windows, also known as “fixed sashes”, offer a number of advantages, particularly in terms of light and heat loss. We tell you all about their characteristics, advantages, disadvantages and price!

What is a fixed window?

As its name suggests, a fixed window doesn’t open, unlike standard sashes. As such, they have no sash or opening system. This type of window comes in various special shapes: rectangular, square, round (dormer), elongated, or triangular. It’s the perfect solution for bringing more light into a restricted space, such as a corridor or stairwell, or between two rooms. In the latter case, it is installed within an interior partition.

What are the pros of a fixed window?

The fixed window is hailed for a number of advantages.

  • A high level of luminosity: as it has no mechanism, it offers a full glazed surface and therefore more interior light,
  • Great customization possibilities: in terms of both size and shape, there are no constraints other than the space available in your home! The choice is yours: panoramic windows, bull’s-eyes or curved glass,
  • Can be installed anywhere: high up, in a stairwell, in an attic or in a small space, the fixed window can be installed anywhere,
  • Space-saving: it takes up absolutely no space, as no clearance is required,
  • Maintenance-free: as it has no built-in hardware, it requires no special maintenance,
  • A modern look: its simplicity and minimalism create a clean, contemporary appearance that suits many modern interiors,
  • Economical installation: in terms of cost, they are generally less expensive than conventional windows,
  • Good thermal performance: more airtight, with no possibility of being opened, this window limits heat loss,
  • Excellent durability: since they are not subject to daily handling, they are much more resistant than conventional sashes,
  • Greater resistance to break-in: less susceptible to burglary than standard openings, it cannot be opened or unhinged.

What are the cons of a fixed window?

Although fixed windows have many advantages, there are a few disadvantages to note.

  • Ventilation is impossible: as they don’t open, they can’t naturally ventilate the room in which they’re installed. It is therefore impossible to renew the air or modulate the interior temperature
  • Glazing is difficult to maintain: when it’s high up, the glazing is much harder to access, both inside and out. In other cases, cleaning the exterior glazing requires going outside, since it cannot be accessed from inside,
  • Complex installation: in the case of panoramic or large windows, installation can be more difficult, as the one-piece element is heavy and imposing.

Fixed windows & Special Shapes

Fixed windows have advantages and disadvantages, which are essential to consider before installation. As for price, this can vary considerably depending on a number of factors. Ultimately, the choice between a fixed or an opening window depends on your specific needs regarding ventilation, security, insulation and design!

Schaaf Windows has years of experience installing popular manufacturers of special shape windows such as:

  • Alliance
  • Weather Shield
  • Jeld Wen Windows & Doors

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