When replacing the windows on your home there plenty of choices to be made. What colors should you use on the trim and frames? Should you get decorative shutters? Should you choose dual- or triple-pane windows? One decision most homeowners have the most fun with is choosing the styles of windows to place throughout their home. One choice to consider is the bay window.
What are Bay Windows?
Bay windows, much like bow windows, are the kind of windows that project outwards from the outside wall of the house. Even though many confuse between the two windows, they do have differences. Bay windows usually have just three panels or openings – one picture window in the middle, with two smaller windows on either side, while bow windows have three to five, sometimes, even six! Additionally, bay windows are projected in different angles, while bow windows are curved.
Pros of bay windows
Our window experts generally install bay windows in Victorian architecture style homes. However, many manufacturers today make various types of bay windows which are suited for more modern houses. With flat planes and angular lines, they make ideal windows for contemporary homes. Bay windows are the best way to add a touch of elegance, class, and sophistication to your house. This aesthetic appeal is one of the biggest advantages they offer, adding value to your home.
Many homeowners choose to install bay windows to add more interior space to their home, especially in their living area or master bedroom. They even create seating space by adding a window seat to the area provided by the bay window. This creates a comfortable, yet classy sense of décor. Moreover, bay windows allow a generous amount of light to enter your home since it has a wider opening than most windows.
Cons of bay windows
The biggest drawback of bay windows is that most of them are fixed and cannot be opened, or only end vents can be opened. So, if you are looking for a way to ventilate your home, bay windows may not be your best option.
Since bay windows have fixed angles and a unique configuration, placing and installing hardware can be a daunting task. If you do not want to risk any damage, you have no choice but to hire a professional.