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Bay Windows: Which Frames Offer Energy-Efficiency?

Bay windows can be a great addition to any home because they provide an expanded viewing area and can make rooms look much larger. They also let in a great deal more sunlight, which can significantly brighten any room. Through in a window seat, and you've got one of the coziest places to read a book, gaze at the view, and/or pet the cat.

Bay windows usually consist of three individual window units and are prevalent in Victorian architecture. However, bay windows also are designed with four, and even five, separate pieces depending on the house's framing layout. Windows with more than three pieces often are called bow windows because they are more circular in design.

Options for Window Frames

There are many different types of bay window frames--vinyl, aluminum, wood, and fiberglass--but vinyl bay windows are an excellent choice for window replacement due to their low price point and ease of maintenance. Manufacturers such as Pella, Milgard, and Andersen Windows offer time-tested products that should satisfy even the most discerning homeowner.

One of the main benefits of vinyl bay windows is that they typically come with a written guarantee not to peel or rot over time. This is especially important for homes in harsh climates, such as near coastal areas. Most vinyl windows also come with a wide variety of window grid options that can add a custom and elegant look to your home.

Lastly, new vinyl bay windows offer a much higher degree of energy-efficiency than old and dated windows. New windows are manufactured with a variety of different window pane styles, but virtually all of them are greatly improved from old single-pane windows. Whether you choose double- or triple-pane windows, or gas-filled vinyl bay windows, you can often see a significant savings on your utility bills over time.