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Bay windows have three main window panels, and project out away from a house creating a “bay” on the inside. They can be hexagonal, octagonal or square in shape, with the middle window panel as the largest of the three. Homes with bay windows enjoy an abundance of natural light, and extended views of the landscape.
Bay windows are found in living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens and even bathrooms. Many bay windows include seating and storage.
"Can I replace standard windows with bay windows?"
In many cases, it is possible to replace standard windows with bay windows, but a structural survey will need to be carried out prior to any construction, and approval from local planning offices may be required. The location of the window should be functional and aesthetic. Directly above the bay window, an overhang from the roof is required. If your home does not have this, it can be constructed, but that will increase the overall cost.
Bay windows come in a variety of sizes and options, so it is important to consider your available space, budget, and needs.
"Do I need local authority planning approval to install bay windows?"
It is wise to check with local planning offices; in many locations, a new bay window is treated as an extension to the home and may require permission.
"What should I do if my bay window is leaking water?"
Reasons for water leaks in bay windows include problems with the flashing, sealant, siding, frame deterioration, or an issue with the roof of the bay.
Leaks in bay windows are most often caused by: age- and weather-related cracks, other kinds of deterioration in the framing, or, separation between the frame and window panes.
To determine the source of the leak, look for gaps between the glass window panes and framing, water marks or discoloration in wood frames, or rust in metal frames.
If you want to tackle the problem yourself, leaks from cracking and deterioration might be fixable with silicone caulk or window glazing kits. If you are not sure of the problem, or the leak is being caused by deterioration of the frame, it’s time to contact a qualified window repair professional.
"Who should I call to repair or replace my bay windows?"
Bay windows are more structurally complex than standard window installations, so it's important to find a qualified contractor, reputable window installation company, or trusted handyman for this kind of work. Poor installation can cause a variety of serious issues with bay windows!