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 isManila 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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While bay and bow windows are similar in some ways and often confused as being the same by many people, they each have interesting unique advantages over one another. Before shopping for a bay or bow, it is a good idea to do some research to gain an understanding of the inherent differences between them.
The bay and bow windows provide a much wider view to the outdoors than could be achieved by a flat window. This is possible because both styles project outward from the walls to allow for a better arc of visibility. If a person is standing close enough to the bay or bow, they will be able to view a 180 degree arc outside. For this reason, bays and bows are often used on walls where great views are available. Also, because of the way these windows project out from the wall, they are often used to give the impression that the room is bigger than it actually is. A large bay or bow window can project out a foot or more from an existing wall giving the whole room a more spacious feel.
The bay window typically consists of three windows: a large center picture window which is parallel with the wall and two smaller windows (called flankers) on either side which angle out from the walls to provide the projection. The angles that are typically used for the flankers are 30 and 45 degrees. These two flankers are often configured as double hung or casement windows to allow them to open for ventilation, but they can also be fixed. What is special about the bay window is the large center picture window. This large picture window gives a great unobstructed view to the outside, much like a plain picture window, but it has the additional advantage of some ventilation options and the wider view that is provided by the two flanker windows on each end.
The bow window is different in that it usually consists of three to six of the same-sized windows. The use of more windows allows the bow to project outward from the wall in more of a gentle curve than the bay. The windows which make up a bow window are usually configured as fixed or casement windows. Some companies offer double hung or single hung window combinations; however, these combinations are not common because the view through the window can be dramatically reduced due to the extra hardware required. If casement, double, or single hung windows are used instead of fixed windows, then the bow gains a much greater advantage over the bay in ventilation. This advantage in ventilation is possible because there are more windows included in the bow's construction that can open to allow air flow. This greater ventilation comes with the disadvantage of having a smaller unobstructed view to the outside since each window used to construct the bow is smaller than the bay's large center picture window.
The differences between the bay and bow window can be summarized as follows: the bay is a more angular design with a larger unobstructed view than the bow; the bow is a more gently curving window which offers the possibility of better ventilation than the bay should casement, double, or single hung windows be selected as an option.
The History of Vinyl WindowsWhat is a Double-Hung Window?You already know what double-hung windows are. Almost certainly, you or some of your friends have them. But you may not immediately recognize the term. ""Double-hung"" describes a window that's separated horizontally into two halves. And each half slides up and down in a groove, either in front of, or behind, the other.Double-hung windows (also known as ""sash windows"") have been around for centuries, and can look just as good in a modern or old building. However, vinyl double-hung windows are a fairly new innovation. And they can often deliver very real benefits compared with their traditional, wooden predecessors. Why Choose Vinyl?There are three principal reasons why you might choose a vinyl double-hung window over a traditionally-constructed one:Vinyl double-hung windows are usually cheaper to buy than wooden-framed ones They're generally easier--and much cheaper--to maintain because they usually require only occasional cleaning, rather than regular painting or wood treatments Their frames often provide better insulation than some other alternativesMore Choices to MakeIf you decide to buy vinyl double-hung windows, your supplier is likely to offer you some tempting options. Each of them may cost you more than the standard price, so choose the ones you want carefully:Night vent latches--these allow you to have fresh air in your bedroom at night by stopping the window opening more than a few inches. However, make sure your supplier guarantees acceptable levels of intruder protection. Muntins--these are either the dividers that separate small panes of glass within each half of a sash window, or the plastic overlays that create the same effect over a single pane. Either way, they break up the window into many different segments. They can add authenticity to a ""period"" (say, Cape Cod or Colonial) home Insulating glass--the glass itself, its coating, or the gasses injected between panes--can save you serious money on your central air and/or heating bills over a period. But don't expect an immediate return on your investment. Triple-pane glazing can similarly reduce your utility bills. Easy-clean mountings--double hung windows can be made to swivel inwards, which makes cleaning their exteriors very easy.
Double-Hung Windows - An Easy Entry To Your Home?With so much crime reported in the papers, we could be forgiven for thinking that we'll be the next victims. Most of our possessions are kept in our home, our car or on our person.In this article, we consider some of the ways to reduce to risk of theft by opportunists. News stories and advertisements from insurance companies can make us feel vulnerable. However, if we feel that our home is secure against casual criminals, logic will allow us to relax a little. For most of us, installing burglar alarms or CCTV is a little extreme but we can deter the casual thief by following some basic, "common sense" rules. Don't put valuables on display to passers-by (either in the home or car); Have good locks on doors and windows and use them appropriately; Don't broadcast your movements or details of your valuables (it's amazing what can be overheard from mobile phone conversations in public); Don't leave keys within 3 or 4 metres of a letter-box or pet-door; Ensure that your doors and windows are not easy to force open (e.g. a good fit, solid frames, good locks/bolts, 'unbreakable' glazing); When you go away, set timers on lights and ask a trusted friend or relative to visit occasionally so that your home doesn't look empty; Consider asking a neighbour to use your driveway overnight. If your doors and windows are below today's standards, consider replacing them with good quality ones - not only is this more secure but it will be a good selling point in the future.A Personal Perspective. When we moved into our house, there were three different makes of p.v.c. windows: one had been good in its time, one make was newer and of acceptable quality and condition, the third make was of cheap, flimsy quality. We replaced the first-floor windows with good quality p.v.c. from a local, reputable glass company; the frames felt solid and, being made to measure, fitted well; the handles, catches and locks worked smoothly and there was a long guarantee. It was bliss not to have the wind noise whistling through the gaps in the old windows each night!On the ground floor, we decided to spend a little more money for two reasons - security and narrower frames for a more pleasant view of the garden - so we opted for stronger, metal frames from a leading windows manufacturer, as recommended by the company who we had selected to install our bi-folding doors. We wanted tilt-and-turn windows with a very large glazed area but most other companies we approached were unable to accommodate our request.We selected a UK manufacturer/supplier to install bifolding doors along the back wall of the living room. Bi-folding doors, sometimes called sliding-folding, accordion or concertina doors, are door panels that are hinged together at the sides so that they fold as you slide them to the side(s) of the opening. This means that, unlike French doors or flat panel sliding patio doors, an aperture of several metres can be opened up - as if instantly removing a whole wall. We short-listed four or five companies based on a number of criteria and, finally, one emerged victorious. A decision we have not regretted, two years on. The bi-folding doors feel very secure. They have strong aluminium frames and each pair is locked at the top and bottom by turning a key located in the centre of the vertical frame. For additional security, there is no keyhole on the outside of the patio doors. Another bonus is the warmth of our open-plan rooms since we replaced the old p.v.c. door and windows with the modern bi-folds and windows.