What are Arched Windows?

What are Arched Windows?

For every home there's a perfect window to accentuate its architectural style and make it look its best. At least, in theory there is. In reality, there are a lot options out there so the choice is largely determined by the style of your home and your personal taste. Arched windows could be just what your home is looking for. Here's what you need to know about them.

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What are Arched Windows?

As you've probably noticed, windows in residential applications are usually shaped like rectangles. Arched windows—also called arch top windows or radius windows—are a bit different. These windows are have square bottoms and an arch or half-circle on top.

You may also see half-circle shaped windows, which are typically installed directly above a traditional rectangular window, referred to as arched windows. Like most other windows, arched windows can be customized by color, size, and other visual design elements like grids or privacy glass. 

Pros and Cons of Arch Top Windows

Like all windows, arched windows have their advantages as well as some potential drawbacks— be sure to consider them carefully before you make your choice.

Pro: Arched Windows Match Many Styles

While arched windows aren't for every home, there are many architectural styles in which they are ideal. Arched windows are perfect for Spanish Colonial style homes, and are also ideally suited to homes built in the French eclectic, Gothic or Romanesque styles. Arched windows are also popular on new builds and more modern homes because they have the effect of "softening" the architecture. 

Pro: Arched Windows Are Versatile

You have an incredible array of options when it comes to choosing arch top windows. Many have panes that open and close, while others are fixed and let in only light. They can be installed to compliment other windows, or they can stand alone. And within the basic arched shape, the individual panes can be designed in endless configurations.

Pro: Arched Windows Add Character

Integrating arched windows into your home can be a fun process, and there are countless ways to do it↗. Arched windows lend great character to the space, and can make it feel classical and elegant, but also fun and relaxed. A great design trick is to use arch top windows to echo other arches in your home, such as arched cabinets or doorways.

Con: Arched Windows Are Tricky to Install

Compared to traditional rectangular windows, arched windows can be considerably more challenging to install. Determining the precise size and shape of the opening is a delicate process that requires precise attention to detail. It's generally best to have arched windows professionally installed rather than attempting to do it yourself. 

Con: Arched Windows Cost More

Quality windows are investment. That being said, the fact that arched windows are more complex to manufacture and more challenging to install does make them a bit more expensive that typical rectangular windows. 

Who Sells Arch Top Windows?

Ached windows are some of the most common specialty shaped windows, and they are available in a virtually endless variety of sizes and configurations. They are also made by most of today's leading window manufacturers, including:

Contact Brennan today to learn more about arched windows, radius windows, and all the other options that can transform the appearance of your home. 

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