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Do I Want to Install a Garden Window?

Are you considering replacement windows in Scottsdale, AZ, and are interested in getting a garden window? It will take the style of your home to the next level, but few homeowners realize that a garden window is one of the most functional windows you can buy. Here is everything you need to know about these windows and how you can use them in your home.

What is a Garden Window?

Most garden windows are full housings that project outside of your home. They feature a sloped glass roof to ensure water runoff and often have some shelves as well. You can use them for plants or convenience items like herbs and spices. The front window is fixed and the sides usually open to allow for ventilation.

Benefits of a Garden Window

When you choose this window style you:

Bring Plants Inside

While most windows will give you a good view of the outdoors, few replacement windows allow you to bring the outdoors inside with you. As you might have guessed, the main purpose of a garden window is to house plants. You can have your own private oasis, even in a small space. These windows become a mini greenhouse. And they are practical too, especially if you install them in the kitchen so you can grow your own herbs where you use them.

Increase Ventilation

These windows operate much like bay windows. They can allow ventilation from two sides and can catch side breezes to promote natural air circulation in your home. The fresh air is also good for your plants and helps reduce the risk of condensation. But remember, you need operable side panels.

Allow in Just the Right Amount of Sunlight

The angled glass roof gives your plants the natural sunlight they need to grow and flourish. They also help lighten up the room. So if you like natural light, these are a great option.

Give your Home Character

These projection windows are stylish and unique and will quickly become the focal point in any room. You can dress them up with curtains and drapes, or capitalized on the minimalist style.

Disadvantages of a Garden Window

Even with all the benefits, you can expect some drawbacks including:

Less Energy Efficiency

These windows have more frame segments between the panes and as a result, they are more prone to energy leaks. The type of material you choose can impact the energy efficiency. Be sure you choose vinyl, aluminum, or fiberglass frames. You can also choose low-e coatings on the glass to reduce heat transfer.

Can’t Go Just Anywhere

Because these windows do project beyond the house, you should avoid putting these windows along patios or walkways. They also need support to remain in place, which requires a more complicated installation.


Compared to standard window styles, (like casement and double-hung), garden windows are more expensive…though they are cheaper than most bow and bay windows because they are smaller in size.

Installing a garden window in your home can make all the difference in a room. And they might be just what you are looking for in a replacement window in Scottsdale, AZ. Call Freelite at (602) 233-1981 to learn more about these products. Or come by our storefront at 331 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85003 to check out garden windows first hand.