Once in a while we like to highlight a particular window style, so homeowners understand how versatile and flexible our Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC replacement windows are when it comes to enhancing the appearance and function of your home. This week, we’d like to talk about Bay Windows and Bow Windows.
Bays and Bows are truly one of the most unique window designs we offer. They can complement or aesthetically contrast your home’s architectural style to provide an interesting focal point. They give homeowners decorating options other window styles can’t and they allow you to flood your home with natural sunlight.
Whether you want to transform a boring, characterless curb presentation or create more functional living spaces, Bows and Bays deserve a closer look.
The Differences in Bow Replacement Windows and Bay Replacement Windows
Both Bow and Bay Windows have at least three conjoined individual window units. Grilles are an option if you want to add extra decorative touches and create the appearance of smaller panes within the larger window units.
Bay windows have an angular profile usually created by joining three side-by-side windows. By framing a large center window with two narrower window units, you’ll create a stunning, panoramic view. You may add more sections if you prefer to meet your decorating goals.
Bow windows have a slightly curved or arched profile created by joining multiple rectangular windows of equal size and shape. While you aren’t limited to the number of panels you can add, designs customarily include four, five or six window sections. We build each window with high-performance frames and energy-efficient glass. More window units will naturally reduce your overall viewing area since frames separate each panel.
Both Bays and Bows create additional useable interior space. You may choose to install a window ledge or use the available space to allow more flexibility in furniture placement and traffic patterns. Replacement Bay windows usually add more interior space than Bows; however the amount of “new available space” will depend on the number of window units and the width you choose while designing your windows.
You can create a miniature sun room without investing in more expensive home addition options, convert the interior ledge to a padded window seat or simply enjoy the additional square footage. Your decorating options are really only constrained by your imagination and the original footprint of your existing windows.
Choosing Function and Style
These versatile replacement window styles work equally well with fixed and operable window designs. You may opt to install casement windows or sliders for Bay side-lites and a picture window in the center. Smaller window systems may allow better ventilation with an operable center unit and fixed side units.
Placement is an important factor. Your decorating and performance expectation for an upper floor bow window will likely differ greatly from a front-facing, ground level conversion. Discuss how you’ll use your new windows with your Renewal by Andersen design consultant to get the best overall impression, inside and out.
Design for Safety and Convenience
Beyond appearance and function, you’ll want to consider safety and convenience when you choose hardware and operational styles. Here are a few more things to think about.
Crank-out casement windows are usually narrow enough to reach both surfaces from inside your home – which makes cleaning easy and convenient. Other styles, such as the tilt-featured double-hung windows and sliders always allow you to clean both surfaces without going outside, so this option might be better for upstairs windows.
Choose hardware and accessories wisely based on your family members and your lifestyle. While deciding whether operable or fixed windows better serve your needs, also consider accessories like window guards and locking mechanisms designed to keep small children from falling through an open window when unattended.
Like all of our home improvement products, our Bay and Bow replacement windows feature energy-efficient glass types; superior, high-performance construction materials; and a full range of color choices. We value your business and work hard to make sure you will be completely satisfied with your replacement windows today, tomorrow and for many, many years to come.
Call Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC Today To Learn More About Bay Windows & Bow Windows.
Have we piqued your interest? Still have questions about the myriad benefits of Renewal by Andersen Bay and Bow windows? If you have questions, we welcome the chance to answer them. Call 1-877-915-9940 or complete the form on this page for more information.