Bay windows lend your home unique architectural charm, provide stunning panoramic views, fill your living space with refreshing sunlight and give you extra square footage that can be used for a myriad of purposes.
While they are commonly associated with Victorian architecture, bay windows have come a long way and can work just as well in modern homes too. The beauty about this type of window lies in its basic structure, which can easily be mixed and matched with any type of architectural design by customizing the frame, trim or by installing a combination of window styles.
Difference Between Bay and Bow Windows
You’re probably wondering, “Aren’t bay and bow windows the same thing?” Not quite. Bay and bow windows both protrude from the home’s exterior wall. But the difference lies in how many windows make up each unit and the overall shape. Bay windows consist of three or more windows–typically a large center window flanked by two narrower outer windows–that are arranged in a polygon, while bow windows consist of 4 to 6 windows of equal size arranged in a circular or curved shape.
Because it’s composed of fewer individual windows, the bay window design allows for larger portions of glass, which means it provides a less impeded view of the surroundings. Bow windows may have more glass panels, but they also have more frames that can obstruct the view.
So, why would you choose bay windows over the other more popular types of windows today? Here are four reasons.
4 Great Benefits of Bay Windows
1. Impressive Look
There’s no doubt that bay windows look impressive, whether on traditional or modern homes. A bay window will definitely contribute to the home’s general curb appeal. Since windows are one of the first things people notice about a home, bay windows can definitely take your home’s appearance to the next level.
2. Panoramic Views
Homeowners who want a panoramic view often choose picture windows. But, while picture windows may provide a wide view of the surroundings, they are unable to provide the same angled view as a bay window.
Bay windows also offer a seamless transition between the outdoor and indoor areas. It’s as if you were stepping out into a captivating setting without even having to leave the comfort of your home.
3. Enhanced Energy Efficiency
What many people don’t realize about bay windows is that they also help considerably in conserving energy. The large portions of glass allow more natural light into the home, thus reducing the need for artificial lights.
Built with low-emissivity (low-E) glass and energy-efficient frames, bay windows reduce heat transfer, thus minimizing the burden on your heater and air conditioner to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. This results in lower energy bills throughout the year.
Bay windows are usually a combination of casement and picture windows. Picture windows provide an unimpeded view of the surroundings, while casement windows allow for better ventilation. As you probably know, ventilation is an important feature of any home. Proper ventilation prevents the buildup of mold, which is hazardous to the health of you and your family. Natural ventilation can also help in conserving energy. Instead of using the home’s environmental control system to cool your home on a hot summer day, consider letting in some fresh air. Not only will you be cooling the home, but also conserving a considerable amount of energy.
Bear in mind that bay windows do not limit your choices to casement and picture windows alone. Though this may be the most popular combination, you can also choose other combinations.
4. Increased Floor Space
One last feature that you’ll simply love about bay windows is the increased floor space. We may be only talking about a few extra square feet, but this extra space is enough for a small sofa, a bookshelf, or both depending on your desired design. You can also use that extra space to store indoor plants.
You should also remember that bay windows can also be customized in practically any way you want. There are no limits to the designs bay windows can accommodate. As long as you can imagine the design, manufacturers will be able to create the perfect bay window design for your home.
To make the most of bay windows’ benefits, make it a point to consult a trusted and manufacturer-certified window replacement contractor in your area. This will allow you to get the best products along with flawless installation services.
Renewal by Andersen is the window replacement subsidiary of Andersen Corporation, a company that has revolutionized the window and door business for more than 110 years.