Transom Window Types and Benefits

Transom Windows Provide Natural Lighting, Privacy and Security

By Mark J. Donovan

Transom windows, as their name suggests, sit above the transom, or header beam, that is located just above a door or window. Transom windows have been around for centuries and were used to help provide, or pass through, additional sunlight throughout the home.

Transom windows are often observed as stationary windows that are used to complement other windows, such as casement windows and double-hung windows.

In addition, transom windows are often used as accent windows above both exterior and interior doors.

Transom windows are commonly used with sidelights, vertical window panels, to provide overhead and side natural lighting around an exterior doorway entrance. Transom windows are also found over garage doors to provide natural light into the garage.

Besides providing additional natural light, transom windows also help to make a room or home feel larger. In addition, transom windows are available in a variety of shapes, such as rectangular, semi-circle, and fan shaped. They are also available in almost any size imaginable, and with different types of glass, including stained glass patterns. Consequently transom windows can also help to define a room in terms of aesthetics and design.

Transom windows are also available in fixed or opening styles. Opening transom windows offer the added benefit of providing air circulation in the home.

Typically they are hinged at either the top or bottom of the window. Fixed transom windows, are classically used for decorative and accent pieces around exterior doors and consequently are available in a wide variety of window glaze types and frame patterns. Frequently they have multiple panes.

Other transom window benefits include providing natural privacy and security, while still allowing light to enter the home or room.

Due to the fact that a transom window is placed high over a doorway entrance, for example, privacy is maintained while still providing natural light into the home and/or room. In addition, with a transom window, the door can remain closed and locked for security reasons, while still allowing light to enter the home.

So if planning a new home remodeling project make sure to take a look at transom windows. They provide a number of functional and aesthetic benefits for almost any type of major home remodeling construction project.

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