1. Bay Windows versus Bow Windows

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    There's no doubt that the time has come to think about making some updates to the exterior doors and the windows. While it's possible to invest in new windows and doors that are similar to the older versions, why not see this as an opportunity to add some additional visual appeal to the home? One way to accomplish this goal is to consider bay or bow windows for spaces like the living room, dining room or a master bedroom.

    Understanding the Basics of Bay Windows

    All it takes is one meeting with a contractor to understand that these two options for replacement windows are not exactly the same. Deciding which approach is right for the home does require the owner to be aware of those differences.

    Bay windows are designed to protrude outward from the room. The typical design calls for three windows that angle out from the exterior wall. Some designs call for the three windows to be the same dimensions. Other approaches may include a center window that's wider and flanked with two narrow windows.

    Any bay window design offers the benefit of being able to place a bench in the space, or possibly fill it with a couple of comfortable chairs, a small table, and a lamp. This approach creates a cozy spot for reading or for looking out at the surrounding landscape.

    What Homeowners Should Know about Bow Windows

    One way to think of bow windows is to consider them to be a more elaborate version of the basic bay window design. As any expert in Burlington windows will attest, the bow window will include four or more windows instead of the basic three used for a bay window. Some bow windows may have as many as six or seven windows.

    The advantage to a bow window is that the angle away from the exterior walls is usually softer. Instead of the harder angles of the bay window, the inclusion of more windows allows for a gradual and more graceful extension. This approach also works better if the plan is to create a broader viewing area in the room without having to settle for a simple picture window with a single large pane.

    As with the bay window, it's possible to dress the area under the bow window any way the homeowner wants. A window seat that is designed to lift upward provides plenty of additional storage space for games and other items. The bow window is wide enough to accommodate a love seat flanked with tables and lamps.

    Which Design is Best?

    A contractor can help the homeowner explore the merits of each window design and settle on the option that is the best fit for the room and happens to be more in line with the architecture of the home. Once the decision is made, it will be easy to determine what accents should be added as part of the window renovation.

    Remember that Burlington windows and doors offer many options for designs, materials, and styles. With a little time and effort, it won't take long to find the ideal replacements and make the home look better than ever.


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