What Size Bay Window to Get
A bay window installation typically will replace a double-hung or a picture window, and there is a reason for that. All your windows have header boards overtop of them to support the weight of all the structure and weight above. So, unless you want to you want to replace the header board, you’ll typically keep your bay window the same as the window it’s replacing.
Advantages of a Bay Window?
There seem to be many advantages to having a bay window. You probably already know that a bay window makes the room appear bigger because of the extra space it contains. But additionally, it gives you a whole new angle of view of and perspective. As I said many advantages. You get an additional shelf to use and it also gives your pets a much-improved view of the yard, which might drive your cats crazy.
Want a Bigger Bay Window
Next, comes the installation of said bay window. As was already mentioned, you’ll normally want it to be the same size or smaller than the window you’re installing. It can be bigger but that requires some additional labor, maybe 2 or 3 man-days. If you’re trying to make it bigger consider: is there an electrical outlet adjacent to the existing window that will have to be moved? Are there any plumbing lines that happen to be running is the very stud bay into which you’d like to expand? You’ll want to dig in there and find out.
How Long It Takes to Install a Bay Window
Having decided the size and when the window arrives onsite, we are ready for the installation. If the window is about 4 feet across it will probably take 1 person 2+ days to install. Bigger windows take more time and man power. Here are the steps.
The Installation Process
First we’re going to remove the existing window. Then we can install the new bay window. The bay window hangs from a couple anchor cables strung above it that need to be attached securely. Then we have to frame a roof structure atop the bay window. And finally we nail down roofing material and thoroughly insulate everything, top, bottom and sides.
And as with any newly installed window, trim molding must be added inside and out and then sealed with high quality window sealant. Also, the inside bay window floor and ceiling must be finished with some kind of sheeting, like plywood or laminate. It’s all kinda difficult and technical.
Cost of Installation
This is just the overview of the installation process. There are many more details to managed to make the installation successful. But suffice it to say that the installation is not simple, and that’s why it will typically cost you a minimum of $600 labor, that is for a small 4-foot-wide unit. Bigger units will of course take longer and cost more.
Additionally, the material cost for the window starts with the price of the window itself, minimum $1000, and then everything else needed from roofing, to flashing, to trim boards and sealants.
The added space the bay window provides to the room might surprise you. And the added utility and enjoyment might just be what your favorite living area needs.
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