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 isBlue Mountain 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.
Why Most Home Experts Choose Tilt and Turn 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.
Bow Vs Bay - What Is the Right Window for Your Home?
Vinyl windows are very easy to clean and they are also a great way to get replacement windows without the high cost that usually comes with windows. There is quite a bit of significance when it comes to vinyl windows. It allows you to update your home rather fast and at a lower cost. This makes vinyl the prime way for you to replace windows in your home.
Other pros to vinyl windows
There are other pros to vinyl windows as well. You don't have to deal with warped or rotting wood. You don't have to deal with increased energy costs. There is no water or air damage that you need to worry about. You will find that there are many reasons why so many individuals are turning to vinyl windows as the way to weatherize their homes.
Another great pro to vinyl windows is the fact that they require very little maintenance. This means that they are easy to clean.
Cleaning vinyl windows
Something else that is great about vinyl windows is that you can install them and forget about them. The truth is that windows are, in many cases, the last thing thought about when it comes to a home. Although we look out through them everyday, we don't think of how they need tender loving care. That is why vinyl is preferable.
What's great is that you clean the interior and the exterior of the window like you would any other window. This means that you can stick with the frequency in which you usually clean your windows. As for the frame, it only takes water for you to clean it. It is as simple as that. It doesn't have to be a huge operation and you don't have to constantly be climbing on ladders to clean your vinyl windows.
To be more detailed, here is how you can clean vinyl windows:
- Raise the bottom sash so that you can tilt it toward you and make it flat.
- Use dish soap and water with a soft cloth.
- Move the cloth around in a circular motion until all dirt is removed.
- If there are spots, you can use 1 tsp. of Murphy's soap with one gallon of water. Again, use a soft cloth in a circular motion until the dirt is gone.
- If there is any mold or mildew, use 30% vinegary and 70% water. This also prevents mold and mildew from growing back.
- You then repeat these steps for the top sash.
This is something that you will need to do with all of your vinyl windows.
When you find that the color is not right or it is simply time to replace your vinyl windows, replacement is very easy. Because the installation only takes two people and you can just pop them in and out, you can have a different look to your home as frequently as you wish. It really depends on your budget. Fortunately, however, vinyl is tough enough during the installation process that you don't have to worry about the vinyl breaking.
After you have replaced your windows, you'll be able to go about your usual vinyl window cleaning habits. Just be sure to keep them very clean so that they will continue to look great on your home. This also makes them last even longer because they are not being eaten away by the mold, mildew, and dirt that tends to attack windows. When you see how much money vinyl windows will save you, you'll be very glad that you made this decision and you'll probably never go back to non-vinyl windows ever again.
Pros and Cons of Double Glazed Windows
There comes a time in every window's life when it must be repaired or replaced. There are many different reasons to repair or replace windows, the trick is deciding which is the best option for you. If you are looking for more energy efficient, high performance windows, replacing will win out over repairing. Even if you need just a minor repair you should review your options and determine if replacing the window might be more beneficial than a repair in the long run. The following information weighs the options for repairing or replacing a window for two major window issues: replacing glass and replacing a window sash.
There are usually two reasons to need to replace glass. 1. The glass is broken. 2. The insulated glass seal has failed and the glass is fogging. In either case, a new piece of glass can usually be ordered and installed into the old window to fix the problem. If it is a wood window, replacing the glass will require more work, and will cost more. Vinyl or aluminum frame windows normally have a glass stop that is easily removed so the glass can be replaced. In some cases with broken glass, old windows may not be cost effective to repair and you might be better off replacing the window unit.
If the glass is fogging because the seal has failed, the entire insulated glass will need to be replaced to fix the problem. One thing to consider if the seal has failed in one window, it may not be long before other windows start to fail as well. If your windows have reached this point, you might consider replacing the windows with newer, more energy efficient windows. A new piece of glass installed in the windows can run you between $100-$300 for materials and labor. A new replacement window will cost between $300-$700 installed.
While there is a significant difference in these two prices, the window replacement will have a longer life and provide you a more energy efficient window. In addition, with the energy savings of new replacement windows, you will recoup the additional costs incurred to replace instead of repair.
Window Sash Replacement
When wood windows get older they become inefficient, drafty, and hard to operate, or the old wooden sashes begin to rot because of poor maintenance and need to be removed, even though the window frame is still in good shape. Sometimes a sash replacement can help cure this problem by inserting new sashes into the existing window frames of the house. Several manufacturers offer sash replacement kits that provide new sashes and tracks to be installed into the old window opening. The tracks are screwed into the old frames and the sashes are mounted inside the new tracks. The process provides new sashes that are in good shape and are more energy efficient than the old sashes in the opening.
While this process may save material costs (not having to pay for a brand new window), it can be a labor intensive process, which will add to the bottom line costs. In addition, this process must be done correctly or the new sash replacement kit will not function properly which could lead to future performance and weatherproofing problems.
Old wood windows can have full frame replacements without removing the old frame or interior/exterior trim using a pocket window replacement. A pocket window replacement is performed by removing the old window sashes and stops and sliding a new window inside the pocket left behind by the old window. The window is then trimmed around the edges and sealed tight to guarantee a leak free installation. The benefit to a pocket replacement, in lieu of a sash replacement kit, is that the window is manufactured and tested at the factory so you know it is airtight, watertight, and energy efficient. By sliding the new window inside the existing opening, you are letting the window manufacturer worry about it keeping out the elements.
The window sash replacement will run you about the same as what you will pay for a new window by the time you factor in installation costs etc. so it can be a wash between the two options. If you get a low price for a window sash replacement, you should make sure the installer understands the amount of work required and that installing the kits correctly is the most important thing about the project.
The Choice is Yours
Ultimately the decision to repair or replace a window is yours to make. Generally a replacement window is going to cost more than a simple repair to an existing window, but the long term benefits of a new window can surpass the benefit of just a "band aid" on an old one. There are also many more companies equipped to provide a replacement window installation than there are to perform a quality window repair. While you may save on the costs to fix a window, you might spend a lot of time trying to find the right person to perform the repair. The bottom line is this: when you are considering a window repair, you should also consider replacing the window for the long term benefits that it can provide.