Attractive fenestration makes great curb appeal
Is it a coincidence that houses with bay windows are popular in Bay Village? You might think so, since at any given time, some 40 percent of the homes on the market have bay windows. That’s not to say that all of those 40 percent overlook the shores of Lake Erie, but the many attractive residential landscapes offer sights that only an eye-catching bay window can offer.
Another option is to installed bow windows (pronounced as in “bow and arrow”) that are similar to bay windows (that usually have usually three windows), but include more window panels (four, five or more “lites,” as they are called). The extra windows add light and add an impressive feature to any home.
Both types are compatible with most types of homes—Colonial, ranch, Cape Cod, for example—but bow windows are often a better match with ornate architecture such as Victorian or Mediterranean styles.
In addition to offering more light and an expanded view, both can provide additional space, for example, where a window seat may be added. Bow windows even may be built around a corner of the house, creating a turret with a two-sided view and a cozy alcove inside.
Both are ideal for replacing an existing picture window in a living room, master suite or sitting room. If you choose a bay window, they are usually offered with inside angles of 90, 135 or 150 degrees. You can choose a variety of windows—double-hung, picture, casement or awning types for your new bay windows in Bay Village, Ohio.
One of the best rules of thumb about windows are to purchase the best you can afford; in the long run, it will hold up better against the elements and offers superior insulating qualities. Here are some matters to consider:
The type of material. Aluminum, clad wood, fiberglass, steel, and vinyl are common materials for windows.
Vinyl windows are the most popular choice for window replacement and are generally inexpensive. However, they are usually only available in white or tan and cannot be painted.
While window frames can be composed of wood, with the outside segments clad with vinyl or aluminum, they may also be made of fiberglass, metal or vinyl. Window glass may be single- or doubled-paned, although a triple-paned window is also available.
The type of movement. Double-hung and casement types are available with bay and bow windows, as are stationary windows. Double-hung windows have one pane which slides up and down and the second pane is stationary. Casement windows swing open like a door, with a crank operating the mechanism.
Tilt-out capability. Tilt-out windows allow the pane to tilt out for cleaning purposes. Thus, you can clean the outside of the window from inside the house. Again, price and quality are important considerations; inexpensive tilt-out windows may be more likely to break.
Insulation capabilities. Windows are categorized by their insulation qualities. Since bay and bow windows offer large areas of glass, it makes sense to choose the best insulation quality you can afford. Usually, the more expensive the window, the better the quality and the better it will insulate from the elements.
Windows are assigned R-values, similar to those given to home insulation material. The greater the R-value, the better the window insulates from heat and cold temperatures. U-value measures the tendency to transfer heat. The lower the U-value, the better the window keeps in the heat in winter and keeps in cool air in summer.
An additional consideration is the solar heat gain coefficient. This is how much the sun will heat up the room. The larger the SHGC, the hotter the room will get. Lastly, air leakage, or wind resistance, is a measurement in cubic feet per minute. The lower the number, the better the window seals out the wind.
Ordering. Advance time is recommended when ordering a custom window. A special order may take four weeks or more. Upon arriving, careful inspection is needed, since if a window is damaged, it will have to be reordered, adding additional time for your project.
Ready for new bay windows in Bay Village, Ohio? Start your window remodeling project by contacting Sciarappa Construction at (440) 930-2882 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re located at 32961 Pin Oak Pkwy., Avon Lake, OH 44012.
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