You have even stood outside your home and imagined those old and rather antiquated looking windows being replaced by something newer, better and more distinctive – maybe something like bay or bow windows? If you have been thinking about upgrading or having your windows replaced, especially if bay or bow window replacement is being considered, then you have certainly had some questions too. What are bay and bow windows exactly? Will they work on my home? What are the benefits? These are just a few of the questions you will most likely be asking yourself when considering bow or bay window replacement to improve your home.
For homeowners in places like Phoenix Arizona, the importance of these questions are magnified by the beautiful but comparably hot climate, adding concerns like heat reflection and efficiency to the homeowner’s considerations.
Benefits of Bow and Bay Windows
Many of the benefits of both bow and bay window replacement are the same. Most notably, the aesthetic appeal, as the elegantly extended windows of the bow and bay styles accentuate your home. Bay and bow windows can add to the value of your home, create more space inside your home and save money. The greatest difference between the bow and bay style windows is in the number of windows they have and their size.
The easiest and quickest way to determine what kind of style the window is will be to note the number of windows, typically a bow window won’t ever have fewer than four windows. You will also be able to easily notice the smooth arcing design (hence the “bow”), opposed to the angled frames found in bay window designs. While the size of bow windows can vary, by comparison bow windows are generally larger than bay windows as well.
The most common style of bay windows will have three windows and bay windows rarely have more than four. These beautiful windows, reminiscent of a cape cod feel, are generally smaller and the protruding windows will be angled unlike the smooth curvature of bow windows. Both styles offer a similar feel and the same great benefits.
Installing Bay and Bow Windows
When it comes to DIY projects around the home, there are plenty to keep us busy. Our windows most often shouldn’t be one of those projects and that is even more true if your window has any significant age. In the Phoenix heat, warping and other concerns are real. Windows that don’t seal or that aren’t installed properly will cost time, money and create even greater headaches to replace and repair. Bay and bow windows can be installed almost anywhere to replace your older and more traditional windows.
Vinyl Bay and Bow Windows
The options for vinyl in new and replacement windows has become standard in the industry and that applies to Bay and Bow windows too. Vinyl has proven to be the preferred option in many cases, especially with the harsh climate that Phoenix Arizona residents must endure every summer. Not only do these window styles add more space to your room and permit more light, vinyl windows hold up better under the hot Arizona climate and sun.
Get a Free Window Estimate from Energy Shield Today
Save money on your bills with more energy efficient windows and financing options are available as well. Get a free bid on your project online or by calling (623) 936-3758 and begin enjoying the year-round benefits that bay or bow windows provide to the inside and outside your home.