Bay windows have three windows configured together at a specific projection and angle. Usually 45 or 30 degrees on the projections. Bow windows like this one have four or more windows configured together in an arch. Often one can be converted to fewer windows in an opening but as a rule this is how to know if you have a bay or a bow.
This was a great project and brought up the age old question about grids in windows. Do you need them? Are they important to the home value? Most modern builds will have grids only on the front of the home if at all unless they are 800K or more, and even then 90% have no grids on the sides or rear either. Grids are great for curb appeal but we spend a great deal of money and time in our yards now and the grids can distract from the view of the yard, the pool or the outdoor living area.
Windows open from the bottom. Case closed. Well maybe from the side sometimes. The rest are picture windows.
This is a great before and after shot of a kitchen single hung that was converted to a hinged casement window. The single hung had locks that were hard to reach and the configuration itself is bad for the vertically challenged among us. By using a casement we get all the controls and locks close to the bottom. It also sports a screen that's on the inside. It's pretty hard to see but it does snap off if needed. This window swings from the left side.
A big discussion among window researchers has to do with the frame thickness and how much glass we'll see with a new window. Modern frames can be up to three and three quarters inches in thickness from the edge of the window to the start of the glass. In Texas that can be way too much frame. Our Excalibur Single Hung A2OA Window has just 2 3/8" of frame and our NT Window Energy Master or Executive Vinyl Windows offer just 2 5/8" frames to allow more glass and more light.
Vinyl Windows have the options of numerous types of grids. Contoured or flat grids between the glass are most common and quite affordable at $30 to $40 per window. Simulated divided lite grids are grids that protrude from the surface of the glass to emmulate numerous panes of glass where there is actually only the one double paned glass unit. This is the modern version of the true divided lite window and has been used since the perfection of the double paned glass package. Simulated divided lite grids also preserve the color of the grids as they are not influenced by the color inherant in Low E Heat Reflective Glass. Heat reflective glass is required by code and there are no variances so color in glass will happen no matter what.
I love doing this when we can. This can be so much more fun to look out of and to look at. It's similar to the look of a wood window but this is all vinyl at its best. These end panels swing out and the screen mounts on the inside. A lever lock and cranking swing mechanism are all warrantied for life and the performance is actually better than a Single hung or a Double hung window. Also by removing the vertical and horizontal bars from the middle of the opening, we make the opening look bigger. This is one of my favorite things about my industry is the ability to make a huge difference in a matter of hours.
It's also pretty cool that it's just a few hundred dollars more to do this stylish update over a typical update with windows that go back in the up and down configuration.
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