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Choosing a Bay Window for Your Home

With rising costs in energy, replacement windows are one way to make your home more energy-efficient. Selecting replacement windows for your bay windows can be a difficult decision, but Mount Pleasant Window and Remodeling in Pittsburgh, PA, can help you make the best selection for your home.

What Are Bay and Bow windows?

Bay windows are three windows set together that often have a bench, creating a shelf or a sitting area, between them. The two end windows tend to open, while the middle window is the widest. Bow windows are very similar, but they’re rounded instead of straight and all of the windows open, leading to more ventilation. Both types can make a room appear much brighter, but because they’re so large, they tend to be expensive, especially during the winter. Replacing a home’s current bay windows with a material that is more energy efficient can maintain their beauty without raising the cost.

Types of Replacement Windows

The three main types of options for windows are vinyl, wood and aluminum. Vinyl windows are an affordable and durable option, so they’re increasing in popularity. They don’t crack over time and they require little maintenance. Other benefits include that vinyl windows:

Don’t need to be painted
Are energy efficient
Don’t warp
Can be installed over aluminum frames

Vinyl windows come in a variety of colors and styles, but they can look like plastic.

Wood windows can also be used in replacements, but the paint chips and they tend to scratch. They can also be difficult to install. However, the wood gives the windows a classic style that can be very appealing, even though they’re difficult to maintain. Wood windows are the most expensive option, but they’re also very beautiful.

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Aluminum is very durable and strong, but it’s usually not aesthetically pleasing. While using aluminum can be acceptable for a commercial building, for a home it can be an eyesore. Additionally, aluminum is less energy efficient than wood and vinyl windows, but it costs less than wood. Their lack of efficiency may cause older models to be replaced.

Tips to Consider Before Buying Replacement Windows

While replacing or adding bay windows can make them more energy efficient and lead to some money savings, it can also be an expensive purchase. Before making a decision to purchase replacement windows, consider the following:

Your budget
The amount of effort you want to put into regular maintenance
The amount of savings replacements will bring in
A bay window may not fit every home

Bay windows are a beautiful way to make a home more sophisticated and to add light. If, after considering your options, you decide to install or update your windows, receive quotes from several businesses. Ask friends and family members about contractors they’ve worked with and read several online reviews. It’s an expensive purchase and it’s important to select the best option.

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