Replacement Bay Window
Bay window replacement is a wildly popular option for homeowners looking to upgrade their home. They are known for making the most of beautiful outside views and giving your home more access to natural sunlight. They are popular in kitchen – dining areas as well as living rooms. While most windows are fixed in the walls of a home, bay windows stretch out and around those boundaries. You will be able to see more of your outside space and bring a ton of natural light into your home. We will guide you through everything you would want to know about installing a beautiful new bay window below.
Difference Between Bay and Bow Windows
A bay window has a set of three windows, which are angled out and away from the house. The center of the window is typically a large fixed picture window with smaller windows on each side, often a double hung window installation or casement windows installation on either side (called flankers.) The similar but different window style is the bow window, which typically has four or five windows that curve to create a rounded structure from the exterior of your home.
How Much Do Bay Windows Cost?
The average cost for a vinyl, medium sized, 3 panel replacement bay window installation is $1,150 to $3,550. Labor and installation costs can be from $300 to $500. Prices will depend on the type of bay window you want and the local installation prices that are common for your area. The cost of replacing a window will always vary by your region and a few other price factors.
Bay Window Prices by Brand
Typical bay windows come in vinyl, wood frames, wood-clad, and a few other options. The total cost will depend on the size of the bay window and if extra labor will be needed for a new rough cut opening to install. The best window brands will offer bay windows with different frame types to choose from which will determine total installation costs.
A premium Bay window by Pella or Andersen windows from their 400 series will cost around $2,100 for the window and $2,882 in total with labor and installation costs. If you were looking for a more affordable bay window, you could install a Simonton Bay Window from their Prism series for around $1,387 in installation costs. See average bay window prices by brand in the chart below, costs will vary depending on many factors, so use the chart only as a general guide:
|Bay Window Brands||Price per window||Installation Costs|
|Alside Bay Window||$1,525||$1,989|
|Andersen 400 Bay Window||$2,045||$2,582|
|Atrium Bay Window||$1,756||$2,045|
|CertainTeed Bay Windows||$988||$1,300|
|Harvey Bay Windows||$1,050||$1,289|
|Jeld Wen Bay Windows||$1,692||$2,093|
|Loewen Wood Bay Windows||$1,985||$2,208|
|Marvin Bay Window||$1,567||$1,843|
|Milgard Bay Windows||$1,299||$1,567|
|Pella Bay Windows||$1,800||$2,245|
|Ply Gem Bay Windows||$1,389||$1,625|
|Simonton Prism Bay Window||$1,100||$1,387|
|Simonton Prism Bow Window||$995||$1,399|
Bay Window Sizes
Bay windows can be as small or as large as you want. A small bay window size is usually about 3 ft 6in. in width x 3 ft in height, and a large bay window size can take up the better part of a wall at 10 ft 6 in wide x 6 ft 6in. high.
When deciding on the size of a replacement bay window, it is important to consider what the window will be used for, and the size of the room that it is going in. Due to the size of many bay windows, not every room in your home will work for a bay or bow window installation. Some sections of the wall may need to be reinforced more than others, because they bear more weight from the house. A large bay window often increases your home’s value quite a bit, making it a great window installation project. See a list of standard sized windows to understand how a bay window compares in stature for a room.
Bay Window Types
Angled Bay Windows
A standard angled bay window is the most common new bay window type installed. It juts out from the exterior wall at a 30 to 45 degree angle and can even offer you a comfy bay window sitting area or bench area in the room installed.
Boxed Bay Windows
A box bay window or sometimes called a greenhouse garden bay window is squared like a garden window and protrudes from the homes exterior wall at a 90 degree angle. These windows are great for display area or to use as a large indoor gardening area for house plants.
Energy Efficient Bay Windows
A window’s energy efficiency will depend on the type of glass installed and any other specialty features added from your bay window manufacturer. Bay windows can be one of the best energy efficient window options when you install a fixed picture window with energy efficient casement windows (flankers) on each side.
Choosing Bay Windows
An Enhanced View
Bay windows are known for making the most of a beautiful view. While most windows are stuck inside the walls of a home, bay windows stretch out and around those boundaries. This means that you can take a look at the view out and around the sides of your home. You will be able to see in more directions and bring a lot of natural light into your space.
Increased Floor Space
When you have a compact home and you’re looking for ways to increase the floor space, bay windows are one of the options you have available to you. Most bay windows will create a shelf that you can use for added storage, but some are designed to go right down to the floor of the room. These windows actually increase the floor space that you have in the room. They can add ten or more square feet to a room, and if you are dealing with tight living arrangements, the added space can make a big difference.
More Natural Light
Bay windows are known for bringing in a healthy dose of sunlight. By opening up the space with a bay window, you allow natural light to enter your home from several different directions at the same time. However, you will want to invest in higher efficiency windows to reduce the solar heat gain, which can ultimately increase costs.
Not Suitable For Every Room
Due to the size of many bay windows, not every room in your home will work for an installation. When installing a bay window, some sections of the wall have to be reinforced more than others, because they bear more weight from the house. If you’re planning on having a bay window installed in your home, you should make sure that a window professional takes a look at your home and chooses a section that will require any significant reinforcement when the window is installed.
They can also block narrow walkways and patios as they extend outwards. Always consider how far out the window is going to extend from the house, and think about any problems the window will cause as a result.
Bay Window Repairs
A new bay window should have quite a long life-span especially if taken care of properly. If you need to do some repairs, it may be a more cost efficient option than window replacement. Some of the most common bay window repair projects you will run into will be:
- Bay window glass repair
- Bay window glass replacement
- Repairing a bay window sill
- Repairing an air/water leak in your bay window
- Rotting bay window frame repair
Some of these projects may be able to be completed as a DIY repair project; however, it may be best to reach out to a professional to get help so that you do not run into future issues from not having an expert resolve the problem early on.