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Bay and Bow Windows: Updating your Home

The Bay Window: Class at a reasonable Cost
With hints of a possible improvement in the American housing industry, now might be the time to plan the needed upgrade to your windows. Anderson and Pella bay windows are easy to install, will improve the heating/cooling efficiency of your home, improve the resale value of the property and simply give you a greater sense of pride in the appearance of the structure.

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What is a Bay Window

Bay WindowA bay window is a combination of windows, usually three or more, that project outward from a room. The result is a sparkling, modern look from the outside and a well-lit, spacious and airy impression on the inside. Usually the window is built with a broad window sill, an invitation for attractive indoor plants and other adornments. The bow window is very similar, but the windows are joined to form a curve. Usually four or more windows are required to form a bow window.

Bay and bow windows are fairly easy to install, but it is not recommended that you do it yourself unless you are skilled in construction. The windows themselves may be a lower cost if you purchase a kit and do the work yourself, but they may be more difficult to clean and, unless you know what you are looking for, you may end up with an inferior product. It is worth the extra cost to hire a contractor who knows how to measure your home and order the correct window, install it with a warranty, and interrupt your household activity as little as possible. If properly installed, your replacement windows should be a one time job that will never need to be changed again.

Bay Window Manufacturers/Dealers

When you start comparing replacement windows, you will find several manufacturers and dealers. Two of the best known are Andersen and Pella. Both brands are widely available and offer numerous styles and price ranges. It is also fairly easy to get replacement parts, so if you ever break a latch or a pane, it will be easy to repair the window. Andersen uses a natural wood, Low-E glass, and a durable coat that will never need repainting. Pella also has a variety of combinations along with some specific designs that allow for installation into limited wall space. Pella has a series made with Hurricane Shield glass and is said to be available in "ready to install" kits; thus if you feel capable of doing it yourself, you will want to compare Pella with any other brand you wish to consider.

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