Learn the Lingo: Transom Windows

Today we’re talking about transom windows, what they are and what do they do.

Transom WindowsSo lets start this off by defining what a transom window is.

Traditionally this architectural element was originally found in Gothic style churches. The windows were added to support areas where iron stays were not able to be used. In later periods of Gothic architecture transom windows were added as a stylistic element rather than an architectural need.

Transoms can serve multiple needs in your home. For example, the bathroom is a great place to use transom windows. The window would you to maximize natural lighting in your bathroom without compromising your privacy. In addition to letting in more natural light, transoms can also be opened to allow for ventilation.

In some cases transoms can be a strictly decorative element, leaded glass is often seen in this style of window. Even though the window may be only decorative, it still allows for extra light to enter the room in which it is located.

Older homes often used transoms to aid in cooling. By keeping both the transom window and lower window open, cool air can come into the home from the lower window, and hot air would leave the home. Interior transoms could be left open to allow warm air to circulate throughout the home, or could be kept closed to keep warm air in areas of the house that are being used.

There you have it, transom windows in a nutshell. Keep checking back for more “Learn the Lingo” posts.