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Bay Windows – Types & Costs

bay windows in living room

Bay window is the name given to any type of window that projects out from the main walls of the home and forms a bay within the room.

It was a hugely popular feature of Victorian homes but today this type of window can be found on almost any type of home; adding a bit of architectural significance to what would essentially be a flat wall.
 


 
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Why bay windows are a great option for your home

Bay windows are a great feature of any house increasing the flow of natural light from outside in thereby also making the room appear larger and provides views of the outside which would be unavailable with an ordinary flat window.

The different types of bay windows

Bay windows come in a variety of sizes and types but what you choose really depends on the size, shape and location of your property.
 

box window

Box Windows

Box windows traditionally have a large bay or double-paned window flanked by a smaller window on each side.  Box bay structures are often found in kitchens as garden windows and may have a sitting area added to the interior.

 
 
 
 
bow windows

Bow Windows

Bow windows are curved bay windows, creating a rounded appearance on the outside of the home.  They also have more windows than typical bay windows so allowing more light into the room – a bay window typically, has three openings, available in angled projections.  A bow window, on the other hand, has more than three openings, usually four or five.

 
circle bay window

Circle Bay Windows

Circle Bay window is a more extreme version of the bow window joining a combination of windows together in a smooth circular area.  They are often wrapped around building corners and are popular as a feature in master bedrooms, living rooms and dining areas.

 

How much do bay windows cost?

The cost of replacing or installing new bay windows obviously depends on the number and type of window and its properties, size, the configuration of the frames and security options you choose.   A bow window will cost more than a bay window because it is comprised of more glass and covers a larger space.

Further points to consider may include whether the roof of the bay window is pitched or flat.  If you decide on a flat roof you may want to have it leaded – this will add to the price but will last longer.  Do you want the windows and/or the masonry below it to match the rest of the house?  Do you need planning permission or a gulley from your new bay roof?  In addition to the material costs there is the cost for labour.


 
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