When considering replacement windows for your home, one of the first decisions you’ll have to make is the window style or styles. Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro offers a full portfolio of replacement window styles, from simple fixed windows to beautifully designed bay windows that add visual interest to your home’s curb appeal.

If you’re wondering whether a bay window or a picture window is a good replacement option for an existing home window, here are a few things to think about before making that final decision.

Window Price

We start with price because that is usually a major factor for many people. Expect a bay window to cost more than a fixed window of the same approximate width and height because several window units are joined together in this configuration. A bay window has a third dimension (depth) which adds additional surface area, more functionality, and yes, a higher price tag when compared to a single window unit.

According to our Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro president, “The price per single window is fairly consistent across all window styles with a similar surface area, but will vary depending on which accessories [such as grilles and exclusive hardware choices] are chosen.”

Energy Efficiency Comparison

Energy efficiency is something on almost everyone’s mind these days. Fixed replacement windows have the highest energy rating values of all replacement window styles because they are permanently sealed. When you choose Fibrex window frames that boost insulation performance and a double-pane configuration with inert gas between the panels, fixed windows simply cannot be beat when it comes to energy-efficiency performance.

Since you can use any window style in the construction of bay windows, you may use only inoperable windows, or mix it up with a combination of operable window units for ventilation and fixed windows for enhanced energy-efficiency.

Hint: Casement windows have the highest energy-efficiency rating of all our operable replacement windows, because the unique design puts less stress on weather stripping opening and closing.

Window Size Restrictions

Both bay windows and fixed windows can be manufactured to fit oversize openings left when existing windows are removed.

When using a combination of fixed and operable windows for the bay configuration, it is important to note that each style has its own size limit. For example, it may not be practical to install sliders that were two feet wide and six feet tall, or double-hung windows that measured six feet tall and two feet wide.

Using stationery windows to create a stunning wall of glass may involve mulling several individual windows together to create an expansive view.

Window Installation Considerations

Installation is critical for maximum replacement window performance. Whether you choose a fixed window or a bay configuration, an experienced installation crew is essential. Installers use skills and knowledge to complete numerous complex tasks from removing the existing window to sealing the new window against weather elements so it continues to perform perfectly for many years.

Learn More About Fixed Versus Bay Replacement Windows

As you can see, fixed windows and bay window have many common characteristics. These two styles are interchangeable in most environments. Learn more about bay configurations, or one of our other replacement window styles. Fill in the short form on this page or dial 1-888-826-2451 to reach a representative near your New Jersey or New York Metro neighborhood.


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