The primary benefit of picture windows is to frame an amazing view. They are recommended for homes with high or vaulted ceilings and will often be installed as an arched window over doors, other windows or vaulted areas. Also since picture windows are fixed, there are no mechanical parts to repair or replacement parts to buy in the future. The heat from the sun warms up the room during the winter and can help reduce high heating costs. Replacing the picture windows in a home requires some expertise in the area of window installation. These large, fixed window panes are typically the least expensive to have installed by a professional because they do not require any operating hardware. However, as the size of the window increases, so does the price of the window itself as well as the installation costs.