Types of Bay Windows

Written by AnonymousMarch 3, 2011

Looking at the Different Types of Bay Windows

Bay windows offer benefits to both the interior and exterior of the home. Inside, the windows offer panoramic views, more natural light (which can enter from multiple directions), good ventilation from cross breezes, and additional square footage for an enlarged room. Outside, the windows jut out from the exterior of the home, adding dimension. The style offers a traditional feel with a modern touch.

The type of bay window you choose will depend on the architecture of your home, climate, and cost. The two main types of bay windows are casement and double-hung.

  • Casement bay windows are the most versatile type of bay window. They’re ideal for both hot and cold climates and country or urban environments. The solid construction keeps out weather and noise, while allowing natural light to enter. Most are available with Low-E4 glass, which protects the home and furnishings from UV rays, heat, and cold. They pull snug against the home, creating a weathertight seal.

During the summer months, use the handle to crank the windows out as much or as little as needed. Casement windows come in classic and modern grill patterns. Classic patterns allow divided light to enter while modern grille patterns allow uninterrupted light. Casement window prices vary by manufacturer, size, material, and the type of hardware. Prices range from $200 to $2,000 or more.

Low cost bay windows may save money in the short-term, but they could end up costing more down the road. A poorly constructed bay window is susceptible to structural problems, which can cause the window to leak, creak, and sag. The window will have to be replaced, which can cost several hundred dollars or more.

  • Double-hung bay windows aren’t ideal for cold climates. They aren’t as energy efficient as casement windows. They have the potential to be too leaky because they’re not pulled snug against the home. However, double-hung windows are attractive, easy to clean, and easy to open. They have top and bottom sliding sashes and the windows open by pulling the lower sash up or the upper sash down. Double-hung windows are less expensive than casement windows and prices vary by manufacturer, size, material, and whether they’re double or triple pane. Prices range from $150 to $1,000 or more.

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