f you are researching windows to install in your home and come across one called a bow window, don’t worry. It’s not a typo. Bay windows and bow windows are very similar, but not identical. If you are unsure which one best suits your space, learn more about what each has to offer.
</p><p><strong>Bay </strong></p><p>A bay window isBig Flat a three-paneled window that juts from your home, and typically features a window seat or storage bench below it, on the inside of the house. It is an attempt to bring the outside indoors. By creating the illusion that while in your living room, you’re simultaneously in your yard, the bay window creates a unique space in your room and eye appeal.</p><p><strong>Bow </strong></p><p>Bow windows are typically larger than bay windows, but serve a very similar purpose. Usually, bow windows have five panels, which cause them to curve like a bow instead of appearing more rigid like a bay window. The size makes them a prominent feature in your room, so it’s important that you have the wall space to incorporate them, and that you are comfortable with the light and exposure they allow.</p><p><strong>Customizing </strong></p><p>Once you have decided between bay and bow windows, the fun begins! You can customize with finishes such as:</p><p></p><ul> <li>Wood color</li> <li>Glass type</li> <li>Hardware</li> <li>Grilles</li> <li>Screens</li></ul><p>These choices will dramatically change the look of the window, so before you commit, envision the window with all of your selections. Have a good sense for the finished product before you head home. Otherwise, you may have an unpleasant surprise when the window arrives for installation. Once the window is in, you also have the opportunity to create a new internal space.
Pros and Cons of Double Glazed Windows
Decorating windows can be a very fun and creative project for someone who takes pride in the appearance of their home. However, it can sometimes be a challenge if you have an arched window or even a classic casement window and have no idea what to do with it. You don't necessarily NEED to hire an expensive Interior Designer or Home Decorator to give you some really unique ideas for window treatments. A stroll around your local home improvement store, down the magazine isle at the book store or even an online search can spark your imagination.
What you will want to do is determine the functionality of your window treatment. Do you want it to give you more privacy or do you want it to "frame" your beautiful view? Those are just two questions you should ask yourself.
Once you determine that, you can decide on a thin, transparent material or a thick, opaque material to cover your windows. You can mix and match window treatments so all of your concerns are met. For example, you can have a set of roman shades for privacy and light control behind some beautiful silk drapes that accentuate your home decor and view. I'm just throwing ideas out there to get you thinking.
There are many options for both types of window treatments (those that fit in your window and those that go around it.) The typical mini-blinds have been joined by window shades that offer features similar to mini-blinds but have an added sheer material to better serve your privacy and lighting needs. Sheer window shades like that give a modern and simplistic look to the window. Different shapes, colors, textures, and designs are available for whatever window shade best fits your home.
Today's technology has made motorized shades available for the high-tech crowd and they even come with battery-operated remote controls. These window coverings are on a track on the vertical sides of the window and slide from the top OR bottom. This is a great feature that allows for maximum natural light to come in when the top of the shade is down (like a clerestory window) while also showcasing your view when the bottom of the shade is moved up.
Whatever style you go with, modern or country, keep in mind that window treatments can be the focal point of your room, even a bathroom, kitchen or bedroom. They are not specific to living rooms or dining rooms like one may think. Simply pick a style that compliments the room or adds that "finishing touch." You'd be amazed at how something as simple as a window treatment can really give your home that put-together look and comforting feel.
Bay and Bow WindowsVinyl replacement windows are an great way to increase the value and improve the appearance of your home. These windows are extremely durable and will last for many years with proper care. One of the greatest benefits is the ease of care and cleaning.Follow these easy steps to ensure that your vinyl replacement windows can be enjoyed for years to come.Sometimes, your windows will have labels or tape on the glass. Alcohol-based cleaners can remove label and tape adhesive that can be left behind from these labels. Be sure to test the cleaner on a small portion of the glass first. After this is removed, thoroughly wet the glass and rinse with plain water.Glass can be easily cleaned with regular or other ammonia-based glass cleaners. Windex and similar glass cleaning products are ideal.Vinyl (PVC) products can be cleaned with a solution of mild soap and water. For heavier cleaning tasks, the window manufacturer recommends commercially advertised household cleaners. Use any non-abrasive cleaner for tough jobs, avoiding Soft Scrub and similar abrasive products, which may cause damage. Do not use solvents, paint removers or sharp objects to clean your windows and patio doors.If mildew is a problem in your home, use an appropriate cleaner or mildew controller found in any local retail store.The tracks of the sliding and double-hung windows are exposed to the outdoor elements, which can contain abrasive elements such as dirt, leaves, sand, grease, soot, etc. If these elements are not removed, they can be ground into the tracks when the sashes are operated, making operation of these sashes difficult.To avoid this problem, a minimum semi-annual cleaning is recommended. These tracks can be cleaned with a small, stiff, nylon brush, and then wiped down with a soft cloth. If necessary, an occasional light coat of silicone spray lubricant on the track of the sliding window will help to ease the operation of your window without leaving an oily residue, which can collect more abrasive elements.Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for safe use of any chemical or cleaner.Over time, your windows' screens can accumulate dirt and other debris. Screens can be cleaned easily with a soft brush. The type of soft brushes found on some vacuum cleaner accessories are a good example of a suitable brush.
How Can Vinyl Windows and Fiberglass Exterior Doors Make Your Home More Efficient?The aim of this article is to give the layman an introduction to Windows in the 21st century. We will break down the topic into 4 parts:1) Basic Make-Up of a Window 2) Various Types of Windows 3) Window Design and Application 4) Examples of Window Manufactures1. Basic Make-UpThe 3 basic components of most windows are: a) Frame b) Sash c) Glassa) The frame is the outermost border of the window. It is the part that connects to the walls of a house. It can be made out of Wood, PVC, Aluminum, Steel, Iron, etc. The frame gives structure to the window and together with the sash determines what the window looks like on the exterior and interior.b) The sash is the second layer, in a manner of speaking, and holds the glass. It can easily be overlooked because it is often difficult to see where the frame ends and the sash begins. It becomes, however, much easier if the window is operable (able to open) because then the sash moves with the glass leaving only the frame stationary. Again, design-wise, the sash plays a big role and the sash-glass interface, namely the glazing bead or glazing stop, can change the look of a window.c) The glass is what makes a window a window. This is especially true for the layman or novice who might not notice anything but the actual glass. However, the glass is just the most central (physically speaking) of the 3 components. It can come as a single, double or triple layer in various thicknesses. It can be Clear, Tinted, Reflective, Textured or have ornate designs such as Stained Glass. 2. Various Typesa) Picture or Fixed b) Single and Double Hung c) Casement and Awning (and Pushout) d) Hopper and Pivot e) Tilt & Turna) Picture or Fixed WindowsThe term Picture is used interchangeably with the term Fixed. And they are the same in that both do not open. However, sometimes the term Fixed refers to the fact that there is a non-operable sash present, whereas the Picture Window skips the sash and has the glass mounted directly into the frame.b) Single and Double Hung WindowsSingle and Double Hung Windows are tried and tested and have been around for a very long time. Both refer to windows that are horizontally divided into an upper and lower sash. In a Single Hung the lower sash moves up and down and the upper sash does not move. In a Double Hung both sashes move up and down independent of each other. Because gravity would pull these sashes down immediately after being opened, these types of windows use weights, springs or friction to keep the sashes in the desired position.c) Casement and Awning (and Pushout)WindowsBoth these types refer to a window where the sash opens towards the exterior. In a casement style, the sash is hinged either left or right causing the window to open like a swinging door. I an awning style, the sash is hinged at the top and pushed out via scissor hinges at the bottom. In both cases a rotary mechanism (with a crank) is employed to operate the sashes. Pushout windows are hinged in the same locations as casements and awnings but instead of cranking the window open you simply push it open once you unlocked it.d) Hopper and PivotHopper and Pivot Windows usually open towards the exterior as well but the hinges are located either at the vertical centre or at the very bottom allowing the window to open like a "V". These types of windows have mostly become obsolete which might in part be due to them catching the water on a rainy day.e) Tilt & Turn WindowsTilt & Turn windows have long been a staple of Europe. This type of window swings or "turns" and "tilts" to the interior when opened. It is hinged on either the left or right as well as always on the bottom. When fully tilted inwards, the windows is open by about 6" allowing for ventilation at the top. The operator is a lever similar to a door handle.3. Design and ApplicationsTo start off, it has to be said that Hopper and Pivot Windows are almost completely out of use. Of the remaining 4 types, Europe uses mainly Tilt & Turn windows. This might have something to do with the larger wall depth you see in concrete/stone block construction in Europe and with the higher energy efficiency requirements. Tilt & Turn windows address both these issues better than any other type.As we have seen, Picture/ Fixed windows do not open. They are still the most widely used window by quantity. Their function is to provide light and to have the closest possible seal towards the exterior. Oftentimes, Picture/Fixed windows are used in conjunction with operable types either in between, below or above. The latter is most commonly seen above entry doors of a house. North America and the older parts of Europe make heavy use of Single and Double Hung windows which have a great longevity while looking very traditional. Combined with a Stained Wood Interior, they can be very appealing, however, in most cases you sacrifice a bit of the view because of their horizontal division.The casement/awning window is the most widely used window in North America today. Without any dividers, they offer a clear view while still being operable. A possible downside is the crank operated mechanism which can suffer from prolonged use.To achieve a traditional look you want to make use of either Wooden Single and Double Hungs or Casements and Awnings with External Grilles. These grilles are glued to the top of the glass on the exterior and/or interior giving the appearance of many small squares of glass.Contemporary designs tend towards using large glass-to-frame ratios and also the use of metallic frame and sash materials such as aluminum.Lastly, here are some examples of North American window manufactures that encompass most of the discussed types of windows:Picture/Fixed/Single; Double Hung/Casement/Awning:a) Andersen Windows b) Pella Windows c) Milgard WindowsTilt & Turn:a) Gaulhofer Windows b) Euroline Windows c) Innotech Windows