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 isGrady 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.
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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.
Wonderful Window DesignThere are so many angles to vinyl replacement window reviews. I will try and present as much information as possible yet keeping this article brief and to the point. If you are like me then you probably hate reading winding articles that never seem to end - while saying the same thing in different words.MilgardThese are generally good windows. They are also one of the most affordable in the industry but their problem is that the last time I checked they were they were single strength - I mean the Milgard glass and their vinyl windows do not tilt-in for claiming especially if you have single hung windows.AnlinThis is another good window in its own way. They have a transferable warranty, which is about 5 years or so for labor. My problem with it is the size of its parent company. You may not have an issue with that but I want a company that is bigger and can offer lasting guarantees. I need to know they will be around in the long run so I can go back to them when I need replacement parts.PolybauYet another not so bad product but filled with negative reviews on the net. I have read a lot of complaints online about this brand including the parent - All Brand Windows. I haven't used them so I think I cannot stand here and judge conclusively.SimontonThey offer a lifetime warrant. They have a Simonton's vinyl frame that is not so strong. Of the thin walls look week.AmerimaxThese have quite strong window frames. They also deliver one of the best features and quality.
Ideas To Decorate Your Bay WindowsWith the price of heating and cooling rising almost daily I started looking at my old windows and wondering if it wouldn't be worth it to replace them with newer, more energy efficient ones. I had read about Energy Star® Ratings and how they are (supposedly) indicative of the most energy efficient appliances and building materials available.I started to do a little internet research to see if it would be a good investment to install more efficient windows in our townhouse. I wanted to find out if they could really pay for themselves and how long the payback period would take.After a little searching I found a simple calculation that will yield your payback period for installing new energy efficient windows.According to Energy Star, "An average household spends over 40 percent of its annual energy budget on heating and cooling costs. You could reduce those bills by up to 15 percent with ENERGY STAR® windows."We can break that claim down into a simple formula:(Your average monthly energy bill (if you have gas and electric just add them together) X.4 ) X.15 = projected savings per month. Divide this number into the cost of upgrading your windows and you have how many months it would take to recoup your investment.To make a long story short, projected savings are 6% of your monthly energy bill.For our house the calculation looks something like this:Average month's electric bill: $141.20* Times 6% X.06 = Avg energy savings per month $8.472Cost to replace 6 windows with Energy Star windows: Approx $330 (at the low end) per window X 6 windows = $1980 (if you have special tax rebates available in your area subtract those from your total).Next I figured out the projected payback period:$1980 / $8.472 = 233 months or 19.5 years (Update: since I wrote this article the Energy tax credit has been phased back in, so you would subtract the $1500 credit available (0r 30% of the cost of the windows not including instalation costs and take whichever is smaller) before dividing by monthly usage ratio. In the example you would take 1980-1500 = 480 and divide by 8.472 = 56.66 months until payback).Based on my math the investment without the tax credit hardly seemed practical. I calculated this based on costs which include installing the windows myself. Now including the tax credit in our calculation the payback period is 4.72 years, making it a very worthwhile investment, to get that return on an investment I'd have to get a 50% return on your money....pretty good huh?)You can take this same calculation to decide between replacing your windows with cheaper ones or going for the added expense of putting Energy Star rated windows in, just subtract the cost of the cheaper windows from the cost of the Energy Star windows and see the projected payout period differential.While the additional expense doesn't seem worth it for my project, perhaps with better tax rebates available in your area, and/or a higher energy bill it may be worthwhile for you. Just remember before making any major purchase, first DO THE MATH!*Note: I already knew my average monthly bill, but you can get a fairly accurate estimate of the average for your home by calling your local utility and asking them about their monthly budget plan. The budget plan amount for your house and family will be a fairly accurate estimate of your monthly energy bill customized to your home size, number of occupants, and your geographic area.