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Choosing Bay and Bow Replacement Windows

Jun 24, 2008
If you're looking to make your home as energy-efficient as possible, you'll need to start with replacement windows. Replacement windows come in a variety of materials, from wood and aluminum to composite and vinyl. Vinyl replacement windows are increasing in popularity, since they're durable and inexpensive. Whatever kind of replacement windows you choose, you'll need to remember to replace any bay or bow windows you currently have in your home.

Bay and bow windows are both great additions to any home, but they can come at a high energy cost. Since they cover a large surface area, they are prone to leaks and drafts. Many materials expand and contract with thermal changes, and these large windows are one of the main culprits in energy loss. If you're replacing any windows in your home, it's best to start with these large windows.

Bay windows are a great way to open up a room with light. They are a set of three adjacent windows joined together. Typically, bay windows are made of a fixed window in the middle with fully operational windows on either side. The side windows are often double-hung or casement windows, allowing air to circulate through the room. The combination of the three windows provides a pleasant view to the outside, guaranteed to brighten any room. Vinyl replacement windows are a great way to insulate the room while keeping the structure intact.

Bow windows are very similar to bay windows. They are constructed of four or more casement windows in a curve. Since all the windows are operational, bow windows offer a bit more ventilation than do bay windows. This is great in the warmer months. When winter hits, though, you'll want to make sure your windows keep the heat inside. That's why top-quality replacement windows are necessary in your bow window configurations.

Replacing bow and bay windows can be difficult, depending on the material used. Vinyl replacement windows are the easiest to install and can often be installed directly over aluminum window frames. If you opt for wood, you're in for a little more work when installing. Wood is harder to maintain, as well, since paint chips off easily. Vinyl is more resistant to wear and tear. Since the color on vinyl goes all the way through the material, it is less likely to appear scratched than wood. Vinyl looks like plastic, which might be a deterrent to some homeowners.

Be sure to choose windows with the highest energy-efficiency rating. You can get glazed or unglazed windows or choose to purchase windows with argon and krypton gas for more insulation. Look for a label from the National Fenestration Ratings Council. This is your guarantee that the information on the window is accurate.

Don't hesitate to spend what you can on quality replacement windows. Spend a little more now and you'll save a lot more later. It's worth the additional cash to be assured of a good product. Install the windows carefully and get help if you need it. A little extra care will save you from headaches in the future. Get those windows replaced and watch your energy bill drop.
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