A bay window is basically a window space that projects away from the walls of a building. It forms a bay in the room, which is often square or polygonal in shape. A bay window is also sometimes referred to as an oriels window.
Bay windows, along with bow windows are commonly associated with Victorian architecture. Installing them in your home can instantly transform both your home’s interior and exterior spaces beautifully. In fact, they are not just your typical windows as the visual appeal they provide often make them the focal point for any home.
Commonly, bay windows are arranged with three panes of glass with one large pane occupying the center stage parallel with the wall, while the two smaller angled panes are positioned on either side. The flankers or the two smaller angled panes, which are often configured as double hung or casements for ventilation purposes, are usually angled at 30 and 45 degrees.
The main benefit of a bay window is the unhindered and clear view of the outdoors that it provides. And, similar to a bow window, its configuration also provides not only a nice architectural feature but also extra living space inside the home which can be turned into a cozy nook that’s ideal for reading or sitting while enjoying the view outside.
Essentially, bay windows come in two main styles. They may be shaped like a box and protrude outwards which make them suitable for the placement of pottery or ornaments. This style is usually set up above the kitchen sink and other hard to reach areas in the home. Or, bay windows may be designed as part of the floor-to-ceiling polygonal shape that is intended to create a nook deviating from the floor plan. For this purpose, bay windows are trapezoidal in shape in which the narrowest part projects outwards.
Bay replacement windows are popular choices for homeowners who are looking to spice up and add a hint of glamor into their home.