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 isTrumann 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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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.
Bow Vs Bay - What Is the Right Window for Your Home?Window pinning can be an effective way of securing double-hung windows (and some sliding windows). I run into a lot of double-hung windows, usually in older homes, that could use this type of protection. Many have locks/latches that are broken or the two window sections don't line up preventing the window from being secured.Best Application: On older double-hung windows that have wooden frames and require extra protection. It is not recommended for use on the newer vinyl windows - it may even void their warranty. NOTE: using this window pinning procedure still allows someone in the home to escape through the window should that become necessary. Never use any method of securing windows that would violate any codes or prevent someone from escaping in an emergency situation.Tools Needed: Hand or electric drill; 5/32" drill bit; ruler or tape measure. Each window will also require two 16-penny nails.Procedure:1. Close the window and, if possible, secure it using the existing lock/latch. If you can't secure the window, make sure both the upper and lower sections are shut tight as they must overlap (in the middle) as much as possible.2. You will want to drill a hole through the inside sash and three-quarters of the way through the outside sash in the two corners where the two window sections overlap (the window's mid-section). Measure this distance(depth). Once you have the depth to drill, you can place a piece of masking tape on the drill bit at the same distance. This will be your drill depth guide.3. Starting on the left side, carefully drill the hole at a slightly downward angle but no deeper than the depth you measured in step 2 (or the start of the masking tape on the drill bit).4. Repeat Step 3 on the right side and insert a 16-penny nail into each hole. For appearance sake, you may want to use a bolt cutter or hack saw to shorten the nail ends so just the nail heads are visible and sticking out. Test the security by trying to open the unlocked window with just the nails in place.If you want the option of leaving one or more windows open (4" to 6") and still remain secure, you may drill two additional holes as follows: Open the window the desired height (but no more than 6"); Using the original holes on the inside sash, drill a second set of holes three-quarters of the way through the outside sash; Insert nails through the inner sash and into these "ventilation" holes and test by trying to open the window wider.DISCLAIMER: If you do not understand this Pinning Window procedure or its suitability for your specific situation or purpose do not attempt to perform it. I will not be held responsible for any accidents or damage resulting from your use of this procedure.
Should You Upgrade Your Old Windows to Energy Star Rated Windows?When one thinks of a traditional window the style that comes to mind is the double-hung. A double-hung window is made of an upper sash and a lower sash. Each sash has its own glass pane. The lower sash slides vertically to open and close it. The window is held open through the use of counterweights, springs, or friction. The traditional double-hung window just looks right in many homes.Many older homes have wood double-hung windows. In most cases they were installed when the home was built. Many of these older windows have problems due to age or neglect. They may be painted closed, have broken panes, or may have damaged counterweights that keep the window from staying open. These wood windows are also susceptible to moisture damage or dry rot. These problems not only affect the look of the home, they can also cost the homeowner money due to the energy lost through the damaged window. In homes with wood double-hung windows the homeowner should consider replacing the original ones with modern replacement vinyl double-hung. The vinyl double-hung offer many advantages over the older technology of the wooden windows. Modern vinyl ones are more energy efficient then wooden windows. They feature Low-E glass and inert gas between the panes. Vinyl double-hung windows also require less maintenance then wooden windows. They do not need to be painted they are more resistant to water damage then wooden windows. Some models feature panes that tilt out for easier cleaning. Vinyl double-hung windows are available in a variety of styles and colors. This allows homeowners to find the window that best matches the look of their home. With the benefits of energy efficiency, functionality, and appearance, replacing old wood double-hung ones with new vinyl double-hung ones makes a lot of sense.