Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Do-It-Yourself Bay or Bow Windows Easy to Install

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Do-It-Yourself Bay or Bow Windows Easy to Install

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Q: I am a do-it-yourselfer with a limited budget. I am considering installing a bow or bay window of natural wood in my living room. Are these energy-efficient? Also, what design features should I consider? - S.F.

A: Replacing an old, leaky window with a bay or bow window from a kit can give your home the open feeling of a greenhouse/sunspace, at a fraction of the cost. Complete units, with header and seat boards attached, are simple to install. These are also ideal for creating breakfast nooks or bath surrounds.

Attractive design options from various window manufacturers are nearly endless, especially those with the warmth of natural wood interiors. Standard bay and bow window kits range from 3 feet to 12 feet wide and 3 feet to walk-through door height.

The basic styles are angle bays, box bays and bows. The side windows in most angle bays are tilted at either 30 or 45 degrees. These are typically double-hung or casement windows with a large center picture window.

If you want a larger seat or header area, perhaps for setting or hanging houseplants, a 45-degree design provides more depth. A box bay, with side windows perpendicular to the walls, provides the most room.

One new design of box bay is actually a mini-greenhouse with large side casement windows. The roof is clear and sloped for more natural room lighting.

Wood bays and bows, with three to seven angled sections, are made in standard and custom sizes to fit most window openings, so installation is quick. Pre-fitted finishing wood veneer kits make a professional-looking job easy. Optional ornate copper roof kits create an elegant outdoor appearance.

New bay and bow window designs are very efficient. Many glass options are available with super-insulating values up to R-8 (triple pane with two low-emissivity coatings and filled with argon or krypton gas). In warm climates, the glass can also be tinted. …

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