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Bay & Bow Windows

Bay windows and bow windows have become a very popular window option.  Bay windows are actually set as three windows side by side. They are angled out from the center, to give an angled shape.  The window that is the focal point, or center, of the bay window is generally fixed. These are known as picture windows. They are large, and they do not open.  They give the best possible view of any type of window out there. The sides, or flankers, are usually casement windows.

Bay windows help to make the room look more open.  They can also add to the architectural design of your home, and let more natural sunlight come into your home.  This offers a greater aesthetic appeal than traditional windows alone. Adding a bay window to your home can really enhance your home, and it may be a great investment when it comes to the value of your home. Everyone loves a bay window.

Bow windows are really similar to bay windows.  They usually have more openings though. They have more of a curvature to them, and look more round when looking at the window from the outside.  They are really a popular choice as well, as they have a lot of similarities with bay windows.

Kitchen Seating Bow Window

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The Average Cost of Bay Windows

Bay windows can really be pretty expensive.  The price of your bay window will depend on a lot of different factors.  You will need to consider the type of window that you use, as well as the type of frame.  Here are some options that you may consider:

Modern Bay Window

Box bay windows are one of the least expensive options, and they are on the smaller side.  These windows will range anywhere from $500 to $900, depending on the size that you choose.  They range anywhere from 3 feet by 3 feet, to 4 feet by 4 feet.

Full bay windows are another option, but they are going to cost you a bit more money.  This is because they are larger. These windows will usually range anywhere from $800 to $1200, if you get a 3 foot by 6 foot window.  This may not seem very large, but it really is.

Aside from the type of window and size of the window, another factor that will play a part in the price of your windows is the material that makes up the window.  Vinyl is actually the most common, because it is the most affordable option. You can get primed wood, or aluminum windows, but these will usually cost you a bit more.  

Sometimes you can save money by getting bay windows that are already assembled, and ready for you to have them installed.  If you need custom sizes, however, this is going to make the price tag go up some. This is generally the case with anything customized.

Before you determine the actual cost of your bay windows, you will also want to think about the cost of the actual installation.  Bay windows are usually not the type of window that you will want to install yourself. You need to talk to an installation expert about the cost of having your windows installed.  They will be able to help when it comes to placement of your windows, measuring, and ensuring that you get the right size. Sometimes, you will have to have holes cut into your wall to ensure that the frame will fit.  The labor alone involved in this type of work is going to range you anywhere from $200 to $500, just depending on the size and placement, and how much work is involved in the installation. Getting a custom estimate is a good idea if you want to get the best idea of the final cost.

The Advantages of Bay Windows

Bedroom Bay WindowThere are quite a few benefits that come along with having a bay window.  Bay windows not only enhance the view from your home, but they also help to give you more of a panoramic view of your surroundings.  Bay windows give you more of a view because of the curvature. It can really give you a beautiful view, if you have a nice scenic area around your home.

Aside from giving you a better view, you can also get some added space with a bay window.  They help to give you more areas for storage, but they can also give you some more floor space as well.  This really just depends on how they are installed. You can add a good amount of square feet to the floor space in your room, and if you have a tight area, then this may be a great way to expand just a bit.

Finally, you will get a great deal of added natural sunlight in through your bay windows.  Since it opens up a lot of space and gives you a better view, it also lets more light to come through.  This can help to brighten up a room a whole lot.

The Disadvantages of Bay Windows

Since we have looked closer at the advantages of bay windows, let’s take a look at some of the potential drawbacks.  It is always a good idea to have a full picture of something before you decide to make such a drastic change to your home.  First, you should know that bay windows are not going to be ideal for every room in your home.

The size of your room will determine whether or not a bay window is suitable.  Bay windows take up a good amount of wall space. When you have them installed, certain areas of your wall may need to have better reinforcements.  This will help to ensure that your wall can withstand the weight of the windows. This is why it is so important for you to have a professional contractor take a look to let you know whether or not it is ideal for your living space.

Depending on where you place your bay windows, you may also find that they block out your patio space, or your walkways.  This is due to the fact that they extend outward and away from your home. If you have a lot of traffic coming through a certain area, this is something to consider before you install a bay window.

Finally, you will also notice that bay windows let in a lot of heat.  This is just due to the fact that the window area is so open. With such an open area letting in sunlight, it is expected that more heat would come through.  This can make it more difficult for you to keep the room cool during the summer months. You should keep this in mind, but you can always use dark colored curtains to help keep out some of the heat on the really hot days.

Living Room Bay Window

Choosing the Right Size Bay Window

One thing to consider when you are shopping for bay windows is the size.  The size will depend a lot on the size of your room. Bay windows can be really small, or they can be really large.  Smaller windows will be around 2 feet by three feet, with larger windows taking up nearly an entire wall. To determine what size is going to work best for you, you should talk to a contractor.  It will depend a lot on the purpose of the windows.

Are you looking to let more light in? If so, then you may want to go with a larger window.  If you just need to let in a little bit of light, then a smaller window may work. You can have a small window put in, that will allow some shelf space for knick-knacks.  Larger windows are really best when you want to have some added floor space. These are often found in dining areas. They are often used to open up the space and make it more suitable for a dining table.  

They can also be a great addition to a living area, if you want to make a little reading area in your home.  Either way, the size is going to have a lot to do with what you want out of your windows. Discuss your options with a contractor to determine what is best for you and your home.

The Importance of Professional Installation

Bay and bow windows need to be installed by a trained professional.  This is going to ensure that they are installed properly, so that you will be able to keep out the weather and other elements.  Badly placed windows can really cause an issue with leaks and other problems that can really lead to bigger issues with your infrastructure.  Avoid this by going with a professional from the start. They will be able to come in and help with placement, sizing, measurements, and all of the other details.  Then, they will be able to cut the holes from the wall, install the windows and ensure a proper seal. This is the best way to go when it comes to bay windows.

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