Bay & Bow Windows in Sykesville & Frederick, MD
Custom-Made Windows in Maryland and Pennsylvania
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What Are Bay Windows & Bow Windows?
Bay and bow windows are similar; the main aesthetic difference is that bay windows have sharp angles, while bow windows are curved.
Bay windows typically consist of three windows: a large center window and two smaller side panels. The center window allows an unobstructed view and increased ventilation.
Bow windows usually comprise three to six windows of equal size, giving them their signature smooth, curved appearance.
Benefits of Bow and Bay Windows
A custom bow or bay window can significantly affect the look and feel of your home, bringing in more sunlight and creating a more open feel. Bow and bay windows also add to the resale value of your home and make an impressive focal point for prospective buyers.
Whether you add a bay or bow window to your kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom, or any other room in your house, you’ll be making a change for the better.
Bay and bow windows boast many aesthetic and practical benefits. These window styles:
- Make rooms look more spacious
- Allow more light into the room, coming in from different angles and reflecting off other points in the window, making the room seem more open
- Make more interior décor options possible. A window seat can be built into a bay window, or if the space beneath is shallower, it can be used as a decorative shelf. Some people use the space to build in storage, like a chest.
- Open with minimal effort, making them easy to clean and maintain
- Welded sash and frame corners for durability and dependability
- Special-formula PVC that never needs painting, makes cleaning easy, and prevents scratching or denting
- Constant Force balance system that allows years of easy, carefree window operation
- Integral interlock to keep windows closed tight for added security and weatherproofing
- Foam insulation in frame and sash for maximum insulating and weatherproofing
- Triple weatherstripping at all sealing locations to minimize air and water infiltration
- Elegant, sculpted exterior for superior curbside appeal
- Full 7/8″ sealed Insulated Glass Unit for increased insulating power
- Integrated sash lock and tilt system for ease of use and greater forced entry resistance
- Magnetic seal that virtually eliminates drafts, keeping your home comfortable
- DP-55 rating – 180-mph wind load (190% stronger than industry minimum)
Some of the frequently asked questions we receive about bay and bow windows include:
Can bay and bow windows open?
Both window styles can be modified so one or more windows open. As a rule, bow windows don’t open, but they can be designed to do so. Bay windows usually have a fixed middle window. The two side windows are often casement-style and can open to allow fresh air.
Do bay or bow windows increase home value?
The curb appeal and aesthetics of adding bay or bow windows will increase your home’s property value. But if you’re selling this year, bay and bow windows can substantially increase your home’s market value. The ROI (return on investment) is high: You could regain as much as 73% of your expenditure.
Why are they called bay windows?
“Bay” is from Old French and means “opening.” Bay windows are three or more windows that angle outward from an exterior wall in a hexagonal, octagonal, or square shape. Bay windows are also associated with English Renaissance mansions and were located opposite the entrance at the end of a huge hallway. Bay windows are elegant additions to Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania homes.
Why are they called bow windows?
A bow window calls to mind the gentle curve of an archery bow. The arc has four or more windows and provides more natural light; wonderful in winter for Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania homes.