Dating all the way back to the 14th century, oriel windows are a form of bay window that bring a touch of character—not to mention added floor space—to any room. While they usually have to be custom-made, the light quality and architectural interest they bring might just make oriel windows worth the extra cost. Here are a few facts to get you started.
Because they’re a specialty window, manufacturers typically produce oriel windows based on your project’s specifications. The total price depends on which brand you choose, the size of your new windows, quality of glass/frame construction and cost of labor. For specific estimates, it’s best to ask a local contractor about oriel window installation in your area.
The maintenance required for an oriel window is minimal and consists mostly of routine cleaning and ensuring that all mechanical parts are working correctly. Here’s how to keep yours clean and beautiful:
With roots in the bay window family, the oriel projects from the side of a building in the shape of a half-prism. Normally, it consists of three panes, with the top and bottom meeting in a peak.
The origins of the unique oriel window can be traced all the way back to 1327, when it graced the front of Oriel College in Oxford. The college, which was named after the window, was known for its unusual architectural features. The shape of the oriel bay allowed students to bask in its comfort while observing the world outside.
Most window manufacturers offer the option of purchasing an oriel window. Even if not readily available, they are available in custom orders. In most cases, such a window must be custom-built because of its unusual dimensions.
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