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Designer Ribbon Windows

Are you trying to decide what type of windows would look the best on your home? Well, there are many different styles and configurations to choose between. Windows definitely serve a practical purpose, but they are also very important to the design of the building. If you have the chance to replace your windows, now is the time to take advantage of the opportunity and choose a style that really makes your building unique and stand out.

Mullions Make the Ribbon Window

There are many styles of windows to choose from; one that has been popular for ages is the ribbon design. The ribbon design is best described as several windows in a line with mullions in between. A mullion is the vertical frame separating the windows. As illustrated in these pictures, ribbon windows are used in many applications, from glass-paneled skyscrapers to elementary school classrooms.

Instead of a large picture window, you can opt to have a row of ribbon windows instead. Ribbon windows also work well in small sizes. They can be placed around the top of a room such as in a bathroom or a kitchen, allowing light without sacrificing privacy.

Meeting Your Desired Dimensions

Ribbon windows would fall under the classification of the more custom lines. Most window manufacturers carry them, but they tend to be built more on an individual basis rather than mass-produced. This allows you to choose the frames, finishes, and glass of your preference, all while meeting your desired dimensions.

Having the right contractor to install your designer windows is very important. Be sure to only hire someone skilled in custom framing, who will be knowledgeable in the proper installation methods. Someone not familiar with installing these custom dimensions is more likely to miss important steps, causing problems later on. Request free estimates from prescreened window installers in your area.

If you’re in the market for windows, it goes without saying that there are a ton of options to choose from. Ribbon windows are especially great for small rooms that don’t have the wall space for a larger window. Sound like a good fit for your home? Here’s what you need to know.

Costs

Ribbon windows are considered a customized window option, so the price depends entirely on the dimensions of the window, the materials used (glass, etc.), and the cost of labor. Window installations vary from state to state, so it’s best to ask a window contractor in your area for specific cost estimates.

Pros

They bring in extra light, but are usually placed high enough to allow for privacy as well.

Ribbon windows work well in small spaces.

Can be made with a variety of frames, finishes, types of glass and energy efficient extras.

Cons

Typically placed high on a wall, ribbon windows are a bit more difficult to clean.

They’re also pricier to make and install than other types of windows.

Most often, ribbon windows must be custom-made to fit your space.

Maintenance

Common Questions and Answers

What is a ribbon window?

The ribbon design is best described as several windows in line with mullions in between. A mullion is the vertical frame separating the windows.

Where are ribbon windows most commonly used?

Ribbon windows are designed to bring extra light in while retaining homeowners’ privacy. Thus, they’re usually placed high on a wall in the kitchen or bathroom. Outside the home they can be found everywhere, from skyscrapers to elementary school classroom



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