Bay Windows vs Bow Windows

October 05, 2016

Once you’ve decided to replace the windows in your home, one of the first things you’ll need to choose is what aesthetic you want. You may decide to keep the exact look of your home as it is now or you may want to change things up. If you’re looking to make a dramatic change, consider adding a bay or bow window.

The Similarities

Bay and Bow windows are the grouping of three or more windows that project out from your home, instead of sitting flat in the wall. Both the bay and bow windows will have a combination of operational windows, ones that can be opened for ventilation, and stationary, or non-opening windows. Both of these styles are typically associated with Victorian-style homes, although they can be found in many architectural styles.

The Differences

A Bow Window, pictured below will have a graceful slope out from the home with a gentle curve. This style will usually have the operational windows on the ends with stationary windows filling the space in the middle. It is common to have 4-6 panes of glass in the space that makes up the bow window. Because this is a shallow slope, there is typically no additional seating or storage with a bow window. Bow windows are also typically larger than bay windows.

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Bay Windows, also known as Angle Bay window, project out from the home at an angle ranging from 25-90 degrees. This steep projection allows for additional seating or storage areas in the room. Additionally, this style of window will extend your view, as the angle allows you to see areas not visible with a standard window style.

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Think you’re ready to add a bay or bow window to your home? Give us a call to have one of our Project Consultants help you find the best option for your home and let our Certified Master Installers help you make your window replacement dreams come true!

 

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