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Replacing bay windows in kitchens

Replacing bay windows in kitchens

Replacing Windows

Replacing windows in kitchens no longer has to mean ripping out the entire window. There are three approaches you can take, depending on the condition of your old windows.

Sash Replacement

Many manufacturers offer kits that allow you to replace worn out sashes on double-hung windows. This job is done inside the house and won't disturb the interior or exterior trim. However, the new window must be the same style as the old one. Kits start at about �200, and are available in wood, vinyl or clad materials.

Frame Replacement

With this option, the existing stops and sash come out and a new window is placed in the old frame in the kitchen. (This is how most vinyl replacement windows are installed.) The windows can be made to the exact size of the opening, and you can change styles, provided the new unit fits the opening. Vinyl replacements cost about �250 to �300 installed. Wood window replacements are also available, although the overall glass area is less than for vinyl replacements. Windows prices start at �225, and will cost �400 to �600 installed.

Window Replacement

Replacing the whole window-called prime window replacement is required if your old frames are damaged beyond repair, if you want to enlarge the opening or if the style you want isn't available in a sash or frame replacement kit. lt involves ripping out the entire assembly and installing a completely new window. It also requires installing new trim and cutting or repair- ing the exterior siding and interior walls. ' This approach offers the largest selection of styles and materials. The windows vary widely in price; vinyl windows start at about �300, and wood windows at about �400 for a 3 x 5 -ft. double-pane window.

Adding a Bay Window

Adding a bay window to your kitchen or eating area invites more light into the room and creates a new focal point for both the interior and exterior of your home. Bay windows reach out to capture sunlight and views and provide a sunny perch for reading or dining. They come in many styles, and the following tips can make it easier to choose the right one.

Selecting a Style

A bay window is simply three windows that are joined into a single unit. The wide center window is flanked by narrower casement or double-hung windows. The two major styles of bay windows are distinguished by the angle of the two side panels. In the most com- mon style, the side panels are slanted away from the wall, typically at a 30 or 45 degree angle. The other style, the box bay, is basically a square or rectangular box in which the side panels protrude straight out from the house at a 90-degree angle. A box bay with a glass roof is often referred to as a garden bay or greenhouse window. Most bay windows in kitchens are made of wood or vinyl-exterior finish options include wood, extruded vinyl and aluminum or vinyl-clad wood. Wood windows are the most economical, but must be periodically repainted. Vinyl windows are affordable and maintenance-free, but their interior frames are also vinyl, which some people find less attractive.

Clad wood windows usually cost more, but they offer both a low-maintenance vinyl or aluminum exterior and a handsome wood interior. Most bays come with insulated double-glazing. For higher energy efficiency, choose a window with argon gas between the panes and a low-e coating. Prices vary widely, so it�s important to shop around to get the best style and price. A 3-ft. high x 6-ft. wide vinyl-clad 30-degree bay window will typically cost between �800 and �1,100. A custom-made unit will cost at least 15 to 20 percent more and take four to six weeks for delivery (compared with less than a week for a standard bay).