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Bay Window Replacement

Last updated on 01/04/2022

Bay replacement windows can help you save money on your heating and cooling bills. Whether you are replacing double hung, casement, or picture windows that make up your bay window, you can find the size and style you need directly or through a qualified contractor. Compare quotes from a few window replacement contractors by filling out the short form above, ask questions to qualify them, and when you're ready, order your windows directly or through your chosen contractor. If you would like to have bay windows that help reduce heating and cooling costs, be sure to learn about the best energy star rated windows for your home today.

A bay window in a bedroom

What is a Bay Window?

Bay windows are a combination of three or more units which project from the room. A bow window is a variation of these and has four or more units. These join at equal angles and form a curve. Either type of window is a great architectural element that creates more space and lets in more natural light.

Why Replace a Bay Window?

Many people like to replace bay windows because their current windows fog up or they are difficult to open. If you do not have a good quality window in your home, getting replacement bay windows could be important, even for your safety. Having a window that opens correctly is important in case there is a fire or other problem that would require you to be able to get outside through a window. Lastly, new bay windows are sure to save on heating and cooling bills, as mentioned above.

Budget, Styles, and Types

The best bay window for your home depends upon your needs and your budget. There are many replacement styles to choose from. If you like the idea of a replacement window that does not require any maintenance, you may want to choose composite or vinyl replacement windows. A vinyl bay window is one that has the look of wood without the needed maintenance. Many window manufacturers offer excellent warranties on vinyl bay windows.

A vinyl bay window is a favorite for many because of the low level of maintenance required, and wide variety of colors available. They are also relatively inexpensive and easy to have installed. Many vinyl windows are guaranteed not to chip, crack, blister, or peel, making them an ideal choice for the busy homeowner who does not have time for maintenance.

Whichever type of material you choose for your new windows, you can choose from a variety of interior and exterior colors and designs. Perhaps you would like to have a stainable wood on the interior but have vinyl or cladded wood on the exterior, or maybe you want the same color on both sides. No matter what you desire, you can find a design that is sure to please your sense of style.

Top Benefits of Bay Windows

Increasing Energy Savings

Replacing bay windows will undoubtedly increase the energy efficiency of your home. Did you know, however, it may also qualify you for a tax rebate if you use an Energy Star product? The Energy Star program was created to encourage homeowners to use energy efficient materials when doing improvements on a home. Be sure to check with your electric and gas companies to see if they are offering any rebates on energy efficient home improvements as well.

If a product has the Energy Star sticker, it means that it has passed government mandates for energy efficient designs. Using Energy Star products can provide you with excellent tax savings if you save your receipts and purchase them within the qualifying dates of current programs.  Check with your local government  and your electric and gas company tax credits and for energy rebates, respectively. The Energy Star label also ensures you are using the best products for saving on the home's heating and cooling costs. 

Energy Efficiency

A window's energy efficiency is determined by three major factors, the U value, or U factor, the air infiltration, and the solar heat gain. The U value is the measurement of the amount of heat that infiltrates a home through the glass. If the unit has a high U value, it lets in a lot of heat from the sun - this may be desirable depending on which climate you live in. A lower U factor means lets in less heat which is desirable in hotter climate zones.

Window Frame Air Infiltration

The air infiltration is the measurement of the amount of air that leaks around the frame. You can tell when a frame has a high air infiltration rate because you will feel the air coming in, creating a draft in your home. Solar heat gain is the amount of solar energy that comes through the glass. In areas that have warm climates it is desirable to have lower solar heat gains than in areas with colder climates.

Being green is something that is important to many people. Whenever you buy replacement bay windows you should find out what kind of energy efficiency each window that you look at has. Some people will only look for the Energy Star rating, but it is important that you look deeper than that. Looking at the u factor, SHGC, and air infiltration rates of a window will allow you to get a clearer understanding of the overall energy rating for your specific climate. The u factor of a window is a measurement of the rate of heat which is transferred through the window. The lower u-factor number, the better.

A bay window in a bedroom

Bay Window Warranties

Checking the warranty of your new bay windows is something that you should always do prior to purchase. They can vary widely from manufacturer to manufacturer, and retailer to retailer.  When a company is confident in their product, they are not afraid to offer a long warranty. You should check the warranty on the glass and the non glass parts of the window individually. Usually the glass warranty is going to be longer than the frame parts warranty.

When you are looking at options to replace your bay window, you may think that you want to buy off the shelf. Some people, however, like to customize their arrangement so that they can get exactly what they want. If you see something that is already set up that you like, you can save time and money by going with a standard window size, if your rough opening is the right size for the standard sized window. However, most manufacturers can and will custom make a bay window to fit any size and shape opening.

Bay windows can allow you to experience many great benefits. The energy efficiency, beauty, and additional space that you will feel whenever you have one of these products in your room will enable you to enjoy your home that much more. Choosing the material that you will use during the project is very important. You will be able to make a decision the easiest whenever you hire a professional that can help you weigh the pros and cons of each option that you have available to you.

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