Bay windows have three windows configured together at a specific projection and angle. Usually 45 or 30 degrees on the projections. Bow windows like this one have four or more windows configured together in an arch. Often one can be converted to fewer windows in an opening but as a rule this is how to know if you have a bay or a bow.
This was a great project and brought up the age old question about grids in windows. Do you need them? Are they important to the home value? Most modern builds will have grids only on the front of the home if at all unless they are 800K or more, and even then 90% have no grids on the sides or rear either. Grids are great for curb appeal but we spend a great deal of money and time in our yards now and the grids can distract from the view of the yard, the pool or the outdoor living area.
Windows open from the bottom. Case closed. Well maybe from the side sometimes. The rest are picture windows.
This is a great before and after shot of a kitchen single hung that was converted to a hinged casement window. The single hung had locks that were hard to reach and the configuration itself is bad for the vertically challenged among us. By using a casement we get all the controls and locks close to the bottom. It also sports a screen that's on the inside. It's pretty hard to see but it does snap off if needed. This window swings from the left side.
A big discussion among window researchers has to do with the frame thickness and how much glass we'll see with a new window. Modern frames can be up to three and three quarters inches in thickness from the edge of the window to the start of the glass. In Texas that can be way too much frame. Our Mezzo Single Hung A2OA Window has just 2 3/8" of frame and our NT Window Energy Master or Executive Vinyl Windows offer just 2 5/8" frames to allow more glass and more light.
One of the big objections to modern vinyl replacement windows is the big thick frames. We have solutions for that. There are some great mid range cost, full performance, vinyl replacement windows out there that last and perform well. You just have to know who makes them and in a case like this with a bow window, it really helps out.
This is our slim line vinyl picture window and we use them on really narrow windows, Bay windows, and Bow windows here in Plano. We have dozens of projects and pride ourselves on doing beautiful work that stands the test of time.
We offer vinyl replacement windows at a great value point somewhere between too cheap and too expensive. On average our windows sell for about a hundred dollars less per window than the average cost of windows while delivering the same great quality of higher end products and the longevity and beauty needed for great resale value.
Vinyl Windows have the options of numerous types of grids. Contoured or flat grids between the glass are most common and quite affordable at $30 to $40 per window. Simulated divided lite grids are grids that protrude from the surface of the glass to emmulate numerous panes of glass where there is actually only the one double paned glass unit. This is the modern version of the true divided lite window and has been used since the perfection of the double paned glass package. Simulated divided lite grids also preserve the color of the grids as they are not influenced by the color inherant in Low E Heat Reflective Glass. Heat reflective glass is required by code and there are no variances so color in glass will happen no matter what.
I love doing this when we can. This can be so much more fun to look out of and to look at. It's similar to the look of a wood window but this is all vinyl at its best. These end panels swing out and the screen mounts on the inside. A lever lock and cranking swing mechanism are all warrantied for life and the performance is actually better than a Single hung or a Double hung window. Also by removing the vertical and horizontal bars from the middle of the opening, we make the opening look bigger. This is one of my favorite things about my industry is the ability to make a huge difference in a matter of hours.
It's also pretty cool that it's just a few hundred dollars more to do this stylish update over a typical update with windows that go back in the up and down configuration.
This was an awesome transformation. The back yard has become really important to the living space over time. This one was changed from the dingy bronze to the more updated and brighter tan. Lighter colors make replacement windows look bigger.
We also changed from vertical operators, Single Hung Aluminum windows with storm windows to the more elegant look of vinyl casement and awning style windows to really update the look.
The end panels on the big one swing open for ventilation with the screen mounted on the inside but still removable so it can have that open picture window look. The one by the door opens at the very bottom and swings outward as well so you can have it open even if it's raining and get some air. It also has a screen on the inside.
The cheesy little one by two wood trim was replaced with a great select pine one by four to look more substantial as well.
Knowing where and when to update is the key. Having great input and knowing who to have do the best installs in Dallas is pretty important as well. This is one of the many reasons we're so proud of all of our installations.
No one does better, more detail concious window installations than we do and the end result will look wonderful for decades.
One of the more interesting things we see in half circle windows and arched or arch top windows is that the builder really never insulates the tops above the arches of the architectural windows. I've seen hundreds of them. They are not insulated 98% of the time
This means that the heat and the cold from the walls can conduct directly through the sheetrock and into your home.
Using a thermal temperature gun we can often see sheetrock that is 20 degrees hotter or colder than the room itself. It's a thermal nightmare. It's creating conduction and convection right into your living area.
This is waging war against your heater or your air conditioner and driving up your utility bills.
When the builders grade window is removed and a new vinyl replacement window is ready to install is the very best time to address this problem. We inspect and use expanding spray foam insulation to fill those gaps and crevaces and provide insulation not just for the window but for the wall around the window as well.
This helps for the short term certainly but also delivers a higher performing home for decades to come. We do things like we would want them on our homes. That's a very high standard in replacement window installation. We're very proud that we do everything that can be done on every opening we work on to deliver the highest performing, most energy efficient home improvements available in Dallas and Fort Worth.
Every year Remodeling Magazine finds remodelers and polls them on the cost of home improvements. Correspondingly, they also poll real estate agents to find out what those remodeling projects net to a home seller at resale. This is the premise in their "Cost verses Value Report".
Published yearly it tells people the best way to upgrade and build home value and it's actually even location based.
You can learn about the Cost verses Value of Replacement Windows from Remodeling Magazine and their "COST VERSES VALUE" report.
There is a reason that we're a company that deals with house flippers regularly. We sell a product that will increase their profit margin.
Home inspectors flag bad windows and often a condition of sale is to repair or replace the windows. This equates to you living with bad windows for a number of years and then having to replace them to sell the home. You get to pay for them eventually but never even got to enjoy them. That just doesn't make sense.
Custom exterior colors are available as well. From blue to green, red and dark brown or bronze. The color choices are plentiful.
Two toned windows will have white or tan interiors and the color of your choosing. In most cases the premium for custom exterior colors is about $150 per window.
We offer three different manufacturers and about 12 different models of potential choices for the two toned replacement windows.
Find out more on our REPLACEMENT WINDOW COLORS page.
To learn about the variations and overall costs of replacement windows check out our page on "THE COST OF WINDOWS"
In the 80's dark brown (our industry calls them bronze) windows were a mainstay of the building trade. Many color schemes of homes were built around the heavy earthtones. In a modern context, white or tan might not look as good. While the replacement window industry was slow to pick up on this, they now offer two toned vinyl replacement windows with white or tan interiors and a painted exterior to accomodate those homes.
The painted window exterior is warrantied as a rule for ten years but not for the lifetime of the window as in standard colors. Some fading can occour with painted exteriors but the fading is minimal in most cases. The bronze aluminum windows we replace are usually faded to some degree as well. The paint used is a specific type designed for vinyl replacement windows and is applied much like the paint on a car. The window is built in white or tan and then taped off and painted. A bronze colored screen is used (or a color to match the custom paint color).
Getting the color you want is important. We offer several window manufacturers with several different models of windows and have more than a dozen options for your bronze window needs.
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