If you want to replace the windows in your home with something a little more appealing to the eye both bow and bay windows are good choices. As both bay and bow windows are gorgeous choices, it is natural for it to be difficult to choose one over the other. Learning more about each option may make the decision a little easier to make.
Bay Windows: What Are They?
A bay window has three windows that give a picturesque view of the yard outside. Bay windows are popular in rooms where you want to relax and look outside. The living room, for example, is a popular choice for a bay window. Bay windows are also popular because they add a little additional space to a room by extending from the home. Some people like to use this extension to add a window seat for reading or other relaxing activities. The natural lighting a bay window adds to a room is only going to increase the value of your home.
Disadvantages of Bay Windows
One disadvantage of a bay window is that with the natural light it lets in it can also bring in warmth without the proper window treatments. This becomes a costly disadvantage for someone who has to go back and insulate the window or pay for window treatments intended to block out heat. The problem with utilizing window treatments to block out heat is they also tend to block out the natural lighting which defeats the purpose of installing a bay window to begin with.
The fact that a bay window really needs to be installed by a professional is something people also consider to be a disadvantage, as it makes the option more expensive. However, installing a bay window incorrectly could result in the window sagging overtime which can cause a leak that could cause damage to the foundation and walls.
Bow Windows: What Are They?
A bow window has four to six windows all of the same width and height and looks great in any room allowing in lots of sunlight. Like bay windows, bow windows offer more space because they stick out from the home on the outside. This also allows the addition of a window seat in the room to enjoy the scenery. They are a great energy saver because over time you'll save money on electricity from the natural light that not only shines in but reflects from the other panes in the window.
Disadvantages of Bow Windows
One disadvantage you might find if your bow windows are older is they have wooden frames that could break down over time and allow air to leak in.
By knowing more about bay and bow windows and what disadvantages they may come equipped with, you should have no trouble deciding which option is right for you and your home.
For more information, contact Affordable Home Remodeling or a similar company.