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 isTillar 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.
Double Hung Windows
Bow and bay windows are sought after by homeowners to make a bold statement. Curb appeal is often enhanced by replacing a few standard double-hung windows on the front of a house with one large "showcase" window that projects outward from the exterior wall of the home. By extending the facade in this manner, you are afforded the ability to construct an interior window sill onto which you can set vases or other floral arrangements, fine porcelain or even trophies, if your heart desires. I had a customer several years ago who purchased a large bay window for one simple reason: to allow his cat a place to comfortably lay in the sun.
As with all replacement windows, there are many factors you must take into consideration when purchasing a bow or bay window. First and foremost is the energy-efficiency of the product. Remember, these windows are much larger than traditional double-hung windows, the ones you will likely find in your bedrooms. As such, there is substantial glass surface area which will be exposed to the elements. Choose a window with poor glass and you'll be miserable for years to come.
The interior window sill on a bay or bow window can be vinyl or wood. Often, birch is the wood chosen by manufacturers for its beautiful wood grain. Be careful if you plan to place plants on this window sill. When watering, any overflow will damage the wood before long. It may be best to opt for a vinyl sill if this is your intention. If instead you plan on placing a large vase or artificial flowers on your new sill, birch will be your most attractive option. A wood sill can be stained and a polyurethane coating applied to not only protect it, but to complement your home's interior. Often we will stain a sill to match a wood banister or hardwood flooring in a customer's home.
Double Hung WindowsWhile 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.
Reduce Energy Costs With Replacement Windows
Last week a visitor to my site asked me about the best way to insulate around a replacement window. A few days later I got the same question so I decided to compile my response into an article below.
There are two main types of insulation are used when insulating around replacement window. Many contractors use fiberglass. There is spray foam that gives the highest R value; this is one of the best insulation you can use around a replacement window.
If you are insulating the replacement window from scratch, put your fiberglass around it and then spray it with the spray foam. In my view this is the best way to insulate around a replacement window. However do take the time to check out some other reliable sources online.