When Should You Consider Bay Replacement Windows?
Bay windows add architectural appeal, open up your interior space and typically allow at least 25% more light into a room than traditional windows.
As the Costa Mesa area’s replacement widow specialists, we have replaced hundreds of old and outdated bay windows with new bay windows that are more beautiful, more durable and more energy efficient. In this article we discuss bay replacement windows.
What Are Bay Windows?
Bay windows combine three or more windows together – angling outward to create a space that protrudes beyond the house wall. Bay windows can be a combination of casement, double-hung or picture window units – depending upon the size and configuration desired.
A common configuration for a bay window is a stationary or picture window in the middle, flanked by either double-hung windows or casement windows on either side.
Why Do I Need Replacement Bay Windows?
Bay windows became popular in Costa Mesa and across Southern California in the 1970s and 1980s, before the advent of modern vinyl windows. As such, many Costa Mesa area homes have 30 or 40 year old wood bay windows that are well past their prime in both appearance and functioning.
In many homes, the living room is the nicest room in house – and this is where bay windows are typically located. Usually, the living room is the focal point of the home, where the family most often gathers and where guests are entertained. The living room is generally the room of the house that faces the street, for all to see!
And yet many people just “live with” old, ugly, rotting, drafty, or even moisture filled bay windows – when they could replace them with beautiful new bay windows that make their living space more attractive and more comfortable!
Signs You Need Bay Replacement Windows
There a many tell-tale signs when a bay window is at the end of its end of its life.
One of the most obvious problems is seal failure – which causes condensation build up within the window. This not only hinders your ability to see outside, but also cuts down on natural light let into the home.
In many older bay windows, the cranks no longer work – so you can no longer open (or tightly close) the window. When bay window cranks or hardware are frozen shut, you can no longer use your bay windows for ventilation. And if they don’t crank shut completely, you will be letting drafts and hot or cold air in from the outside.
The glaze on your bay windows, or wood on the frames, are likely peeling, too, if you have older wood bay windows. Sun and water damage take a considerable toll on wood windows over the years, causing peeling and warping – which usually signals rotting wood underneath.
Your bay window seat or sill may also show signs of cupping, sagging, bowing, tilting or cracking. This indicates a structural problem with your bay windows. It can result from sun damage, moisture or improper construction in which the frame is not properly supporting the weight.
Can I Repair or Paint My Bay Windows?
In most cases of older bay windows that have peeling glass, cracking or rotting wood, or non-functioning hardware, fixing is not practical.
Refinishing or repainting deteriorated wood is usually a waste of money, as there is likely rotted wood below the surface even if you don’t see it.
And, it is often more costly to fix broken cranks and operating hardware than it is to replace the entire window. Additionally, it is often impossible to find replacement window parts for old and outdated bay windows.
Even if an old bay window can be repaired – it is unwise to sink hundreds of dollars into old windows that will never be as clear, attractive, insulating and energy efficient as new replacement windows.
Bay Replacement Windows
Advanced engineering and the highest quality construction makes today’s bay replacement windows more durable, energy efficient, and easy to use than older wood windows. Bay replacement windows offer both beauty and low-maintenance, because they are made of state-of-the-art, weather proof vinyl.
Not only will replacement bay windows lower your utility bills by better insulating your home – they will keep your household more comfortable. And the added curb appeal of sleek, stylish bay windows will add value to your home.
Add a new dimension to your living space with bay replacement windows. We will come to your Costa Mesa area home, and help you select and customize your replacement bay windows to make them your own.
In most cases, you also pick between a 30-degree and 45-degree angle to get the seating area or additional space you want – with your choice of fixed and operable double hung or casement windows.
Costa Mesa’s Best Replacement Windows
If you are considering replacement windows for your bay or bow windows, Can-Do will come to your home and help you understand your choices. We will give you a free estimate on the highest quality, most durable, beautiful and energy efficient windows.
We can also assist you in obtaining easy financing, with no money down, so you can start enjoying your new windows (and lowering utility bills) right away.
Free Costa Mesa Area Replacement Window Estimate: 714-752-3407