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Creative Openings: All about Bay Windows

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Bay windows can add a beautiful, creative opening to your homes exterior.  Adding a niche or nook in a homes interior, this type of renovation not only adds square footage but also allows for greater natural sunlight into the space.

 

Bay Window Styles

Bay windows come in two main styles for homeowners to choose from.  A boxed bay window is the simple form and involves forming a box on the outside of the home.  Boxed bay windows are often found in kitchens or other smaller areas where additional sunlight may be desired.  A full bay window adds square footage to a home and involves bumping out a window several inches to several feet.  It can be used to add a window seat or even create a breakfast nook.

 

Cost

The cost of a bay window will be determined by the type installed, the size of the window, and the materials it is constructed of.  Boxed bay windows are the least expensive and range anywhere from $700 to $1000 and up for a 3 x 3 or 4 x 4 opening.  A full bay window will run from the $1200 to the $3000 or more.  If your home needs a custom unit expect to pay 15 to 20 percent more and waiting up to 6 weeks to have it delivered.  You must also factor in installation costs which typically run from $1000 to $4000 depending on the complexity of the installation. Although the initial costs may be high, the great thing about installing a bay window is that it can increase the homes value immensely.

 

Material Options

Similar to other types of windows, bay windows come in a number of material choices. The most cost effective option is vinyl.  Many homeowners opt for the higher priced wood unit for greater durability and strength.  Although the most expensive, fiberglass is also becoming a popular choice.  It is not only flexible and versatile but also offers great insulation for the home.

Whether you want to add more sunlight to your kitchen with a boxed bay unit or create a relaxing reading space in your living room, bay windows can be a wonderful addition.  When completing this type of renovation, only trust the work to a professional with experience in the field.  Custom Installations has been helping homeowners with their creative openings for years.  We have experience installing bay windows and can also help with any custom needs your unique home may have.  Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

 

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