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Properly Insulating Bay Windows

Properly Insulating Bay Windows

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July 17, 2007

Bay windows can be a striking feature on a home.  Not only do they allow a lot of natural light into  homes, but they also create an interesting decorative feature on the outside of a home.  When they're not properly insulated, however,  they can be more of a nuisance than an effective addition to your home.  Here are the basics of installing and insulating bay windows so that you're getting all of the beauty and none of the ugly problems:

The location of bay windows can help to determine the extent of the problems you may encounter with your insulation.  A bay window that's on a western side of your home may be more prone to get the effect of winds that blow, while a window on the eastern side may not.  Of course, this placement will also depend on your actual physical location and what kinds of weather conditions are present in your area.  Take a test of the winds over the course of a few weeks in the coldest part of the year before you choose the location of your window.

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Once you've determined the best location for your bay windows, you may want to call in the professionals for the actual installation.  They will be able to accurately make cuts that will allow the window to sit in the location properly.  They can also choose the proper window for your needs as well as for the area that you live in.  And of course, choosing professionals will also allow you to have someone to call if you experience any trouble with the window itself.

Insulating bay windows takes three things: proper fit, proper caulking, and proper number of window panes.  If you've chosen the proper size window for your space and caulked around the edges and found a window with multiple panes - you're going to have a well-insulated window that will be energy efficient as well as beautiful.

Caulking bay windows is best done with the materials that are recommended by the window manufacturer.  A clear caulk will not be obtrusive to your décor, and it can add a functional layer of protection.

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