Homeowners living on Long Island looking for replacement windows want more than just a square frame that holds a piece of glass. We understand you’re looking for high-performance replacement windows that look beautiful, minimize heating and cooling costs and protect the value of your residence. Beautiful bay and bow replacement windows do all that, and more! Here are a few things every homeowner should know about Renewal by Andersen of Long Island bay and bow replacement windows.
When you want to capture the attention of people driving by, you may choose a geometric shaped window, or make a truly bold statement with either a bay or bow window. Although they both offer an impressive appearance, there are a couple of distinct differences.
Bay windows, which are usually constructed with a large picture window flanked by two narrower side windows, present a somewhat “boxier” appearance, while bow windows have a more gentle arc. Bow windows usually have at least four individual window units, although it is more common to see an odd number – 5 or 7 – because this configuration provides the characteristic arc that bow lovers appreciate.
Another difference is that it is common to find every individual window unit in a bow configuration is a working window, unlike the bay, that has an inoperable picture window in the center.
Even a high-performance window, perfectly designed to fit your lifestyle and complement the unique character of your home, will never satisfy is it isn’t installed precisely according to manufacturing specifications. Installation is even more critical with bay and bow replacement windows.
Crafting these specialty configurations often means a slightly larger price tag than, say a double-hung or casement window, but the price difference is definitely worth it if you want to highlight a great view, make a lasting impression and increase resale value.
Many people appreciate the added storage or seating space created by a traditional bay window. And, who wouldn’t? You get a few extra square feet without the hassle and expense of a room addition. Plus, more windows mean more natural light which can make your room feel larger and more inviting.
A typical custom-crafted bay window is automatically more energy-efficient than a bow window built with several working windows. Why? Because the fixed center panel is the most energy-efficient replacement window on the market – there is zero potential for air and moisture leaks through an open window. Choosing awning or casement windows over sliders or double-hung windows for side units enhances energy-efficiency efforts, too since the windows compress against the weather-stripping further reducing leak potential.
Each window style comes with a unique set of advantages and disadvantages. For homeowners who want something a bit different, bays and bows offer a one-of-a-kind home improvement solution. Of course, deciding which style is best for you depends on your personal preferences, personality, and exterior space available. Our full color palette and line of standard and optional accessories available for other styles are available for these specialty configurations.
Not sure if a bay or bow configuration will accentuate your home’s character or look out of place? Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window specialists are trained to give you the facts you need to make a wise decision. Just fill in the short form on this page to request a call back, or dial (866) 609-5033 to schedule a private, no-obligation home consultation.