Whether you’re moving into a new home or renovating a current home, you’ll need to decide what type of windows you’d like to install. Windows are easy to overlook, but they contribute a ton to the overall architectural feel and aesthetic of the home. 

Deciding on a window is both a functional decision and a design decision. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of installing a bay window below. 

Pro: An Abundance of Natural Light

Bay windows are big. Typically they’re only installed in wall spaces that are 40 inches or larger. The size and limited framing allows tons of natural light to pour through these windows and flood whatever room they’re installed in with sunshine. 

Con: Summertime Heat

There is a downside to all the extra sunshine. Namely, it could leave your living room or whichever room your bay window is installed in feeling awfully toasty during the summer months. In addition to uncomfortable temperatures, these windows could force your air conditioning unit to work harder and raise your energy bill. 

Pro: Extra Space 

Naturally, the structure of bay windows creates additional space in the home. This space can be used in a variety of different ways. Some people like to set up a small bench or other seating area next to the window. Others will enclose the space and use it for storage. Some people even set up a small table and a pair of chairs and use it as a breakfast area. Regardless of how you use it, the extra space provides a fun little nook to do something creative with. 

Con: Difficult to Install 

Bay windows are difficult to install. If there is sagging brickwork, bowing brickwork, cracked lintels, or any other problem with the structural integrity of the home, it won’t be possible to install a bay window. Additionally, if a bay window is installed and it isn’t done properly there will be structural issues over time. This is because bay windows are load-bearing. Improper installation will lead to cracks in your walls. 

Pro: Curbside Appeal and Increased Value of Your Home

Bay windows look beautiful from inside and outside the house. A bay window can increase your home’s curb appeal. It will stand out as a prominent feature of the house. 

Further, bay windows will increase the value of your home. Their unique appearance

will never fail to catch the eye of prospective buyers. The design of bay windows will make any room look larger, inevitably adding real estate value to your house. 

Con: Cost

Bay windows are more expensive than most other types of windows. The structure of a bay window itself is more complicated than a regular window and they’re also harder to install. Both of these factors drive up costs. 

American Windows Products Has What You Need

Whether this list has led you to decide you need to have a bay window, or you’re leaning towards something else, our service team would love to help you find and install a new set of windows. 

We’ll work quickly and diligently. Customer satisfaction is a top priority here at American Windows Products. 

“This is the best company I have ever worked with. I can’t wait to do business with y’all again. I will recommend you to everyone!” – Kerianne S.

If you’re in the market for new windows, reach out to our team of professionals today. We have a vast range of options and can help you find the perfect windows for your home or business.