Bay windows create a dimensional look that no other window style can achieve. They make the home exterior look bigger and add functional space without changing the house footprint. If you’re on the fence about getting bay windows, here are some things you should consider.
Bay windows can fit existing window openings if they’re big enough. In some cases, two small windows a few inches apart can be replaced by one large bay window. Larger windows allow more natural light into the room, and, in the case of a bay window, they can create a panoramic view. Resizing an existing window opening is also possible; however, additional labor and materials will be required and, therefore, will likely cost more.
Bay windows are essentially combination windows. A typical bay window configuration consists of a picture window flanked by casement windows. Others consist of four single-hung windows, two in the middle and one on each side. Swing room for casement windows should also be considered as the sash may not fully open if there are obstructions.
Traditional bay windows are supported by braces, which require building a decorative element to conceal the bottom. Steel cables hung from above the windows can also be used to support. It’s less obtrusive as the cables are hidden inside the window frame.
Eave or No Eave?
Bay windows are projecting windows, which means the top side will need to be covered. A typical bay window design uses a sloped skirt, which can be made to match or complement existing components, such as the roof or trim. In some cases, leftover roofing is used to cover this part. The skirt can be built with eaves, which helps protect the bay windows from rainwater intrusion.
Whatever design you ultimately choose, make sure you’re working with a window contactor with considerable skill and experience. Bay windows are not as simple to install as regular flat windows and, as described above, may require additional building and carpentry.
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