The bay may not be as ubiquitous as the double-hung, but it predated the first sash window invented by Robert Hooke in the 17th century. To learn about its evolution, Renewal by Andersen® of Phoenix sheds light on its history:
The Gothic Era
The bay window was born in the Gothic era. At a time when churches were growing bigger, small chapels were added in certain areas, acting as places of worship for donors. To admit abundant sunlight, glass units were installed in the exterior walls of these sanctuaries.
From stone cathedrals, the Renaissance saw the use of bay windows for domestic settings. Over time, their stock started to rise as architectural styles, which allowed people to love them for their beauty and utility.
The Baroque Era
The popularity of these projection windows hit mainstream status in the Baroque era. The period’s architecture demanded dramatic natural lighting and ornate decoration and the bay window fit the bill. Early architects were fascinated with the way it brightened up the interior and lent interest to the façade with its protrusion.
The 21st Century
Fast forward to modern times, the bay remains one of the most sought-after window styles in America. Despite several innovations over the years, the iconic bay window stays true to itself except it no longer just comes in its traditional configuration. Many modern homes use bay windows with flankers set at a 90° angle. The bay’s most popular variety, the bow, uses curves in lieu of corners, covering larger openings and providing greater glass area.
To prevent excessive heat gain and improve thermal insulation, you should choose high-performance glazing for your window installation. For instance, Renewal by Andersen of Phoenix’s Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass blocks up to 72% of solar heat to keep your rooms cool, comfortable and well-lit.
Other than energy-efficient glass, place a premium on the framing material and hardware. Inferior, low-budget options can cause the bay to sag and develop cracks as the house settles. Using Fibrex® and Estate™ hardware, we preserve the structural integrity of our windows without making maintenance a nightmare
Harness the time-tested benefits of bay windows with Renewal by Andersen of Phoenix. Call us at (602) 562-1176 to schedule your FREE, in-home estimate, and let’s talk about your window replacement needs in Phoenix or Tempe, AZ.