In this post, we will explain the difference between bay and bow windows, two types of windows with some similarities that are often confused for each other.
Bay and Bow windows are an excellent option for replacement windows in areas of your home with large window areas. They increase the amount natural light and provide good views while increasing your home value.
Often referred to as “Bay and Bow Windows” in catalogs and websites, “bay windows” and “bow windows” are actually two different kinds of windows (although they are similar).
Below we will explain the difference.
Bay windows are comprised of three windows of varying sizes. The typical bay window will have a large window in the center with a slightly smaller window on either side. The two smaller windows will be angled away from the wall at around 25 to 45 degrees.
The large center window provides a largely unobstructed view of the outside with the two smaller windows being either fixed or vented to allow cooling air into the home.
A bow window is made up of between three to six equally sized windows. The windows will extend outside the home similar to bay windows but instead of sharply angled sides, the entire bow window forms an arched shape.
Bow windows extend the view and make a wide view that looks great in a living room, bedroom or elsewhere in the home.
Differences between bay and bow windows
- Bay windows usually have three window panes, while a bow window will usually have four or more panes of glass.
- A bay window has one larger picture window with a smaller angled pane on each side. Bow windows will appear to be curved, especially when viewed from the outside.
- Bay windows will usually extend farther to the outside, often adding a little more floor space to the inside of the home.
- Bow windows have more glass panes which usually allow more light into the room than a bay window.
- Bow windows are usually wider overall from end to end.
- A bow window is more expensive to install than a bay window because it requires a soffit tie-in or a new hip roof to seal out the air and water.
Whichever option is right for your house, homeowners usually love the improved view and natural light that bay and bow windows provide. Many say they wish they had made the change to their home sooner. They instantly add value to the home because of the improved view and lighting.
Bay and Bow windows make a good impression as soon as someone walks into the room!
Are you ready to expand your view and improve your home? Contact us online or phone (630) 717-0007 to learn more about the bay and bow windows at Green T!