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A bay window is considered an extra amenity in a home. Bay windows let natural light into a room while making the room look larger. Bay windows can be built in the kitchen, living room, bathroom or even the bedroom. A bay window can also provide a panoramic view to the outside. This is especially nice if the house is in a wooded area or by a lake or beach. Bay windows have really come into popularity recently, so older homes may not have one. However, a home owner can install a bay window in the same style as the rest of the house. This generally increases the home's value.
Bay window prices can vary anywhere from $800 to $2000 for a standard bay window. Of course a large, or custom made bay window will cost more. The prices can also vary widely depending on the material of the bay window. Vinyl is a popular material. It lasts a long time, is impervious to wood and rot, and resistant to insects. However, vinyl bay windows have a very specific look that some home owners don't like. They might prefer a more traditional look of a wooden bay window, especially in an older house. One other thing to keep in mind is that these prices also do not include installation. Bay window prices will increase if a professional installs it. However we feel that the cost is worth it because installing bay windows can many times be a very complicated process. The cost of installation can depend on the size of the bay window as well as the complexity of the installation. If the bay window is larger than the window being replaced, the installer will have to create more space to install the window. This, of course, will increase the price of the installation.
Bay window prices will be lower if the home owners install it themselves. However, this can be a fairly complex project and may take more skill then an average do-it-yourself project. In fact, it is unlikely that a bay window can be installed in just one weekend. A home owner should allow for plenty of time for installing the window so they do not get in a hurry. Employees at home stores such as Home Depot and Lowes can give advice and guidance for installing bay windows. It may also be helpful to purchase a book with step by step instructions as well. That being said, we feel that installation by a professional is the best way to go with bay windows. Not only will it save you time, but professional installation will save you money as it is possible to damage a wall significantly when attempting to put in a bay window yourself.
Manufacturers can also make a difference in bay window prices. As with almost any product, some manufacturers charge more for their product than others. Of course each manufacturer has its own style of bay windows, and that may factor into a home owner's decision as well. Some of the more popular manufactures include Andersen, Jeld-Wen and Pella. Most of these manufacturers distribute their bay windows to local suppliers or national chain home stores.
Bay window prices depend on many different factors. Each of these should be considered carefully before choosing to install a bay window in a house. However, a bay window generally increases the value of the house. Bay windows also provide a lot of natural light as well as create an ambiance of serenity and even cheerfulness.