Picking a new style of window can be exciting!
Here's what you need to know when trying to decide between a bow vs bay window.
Bay windows are a classic way to let in extra
light and add square footage to your home. Bay windows are usually made of
three panes of glass set at 90 or 45-degree angles to each other. The center
one is a picture window, with the outer two made from another style than the
central pane, but matching each other.
Because of the angles of the windows, they stick out into the exterior
of the home, creating more interior space for a nook, window seat, or other
cozy uses. Since the panes are at angles to each other, they also let in light
from three directions, brightening up your room.
Bow windows are another way to extend your
room and let more sunlight in. Bow windows are usually made from 4 or 5 panes
of casement windows that have been set into a rounded-out frame, to bow out
into the exterior space. Since they use 4 or 5 panes of glass, they let in a
lot of light and provide a nice wall of windows. And, since they are made from casement
windows, the individual panes can be opened to let in the fresh air and increase
When looking at the difference between a bay window vs a bow window, it really comes down to two big things: the types of windows, and the angles of the frames. Because bay windows have a larger angle, they tend to stick out into the exterior space more. This means that the interior space they create is usually deeper and has more square footage. Bow windows, on the other hand, usually have a smaller angle, since there are more windows curved together. This means that the interior space they create is usually more shallow.
Another bow and bay window difference is the
type of windows used. In a bay window, the central pane is usually a picture
window. This means that it cannot be
opened, though the two side windows can, depending on the type installed. Bow
windows, however, are most often made from several casement windows. This
allows each pane to be opened individually, giving more options for
While bay and bow windows may seem fairly
similar at first glance, the differences between them are pretty big. That
means that you need to consider your preferences before you decide which one
will best fit your needs. If the idea of
a nice breakfast or reading nook is important to you, you'd probably prefer the
added area created by bay windows. But if letting in more fresh air and having
greater control of the ventilation is what you're looking for, then bow windows
are the way to go.
When choosing between bay and bow windows, a
lot of it comes down to taste. But there are pros and cons to each type of
window that you may want to consider.
- Extra space
- Extra light
- Nice curb appeal
- They can eat up your exterior space if you have a garden or small yard
- The hard angles don't always fit every style of home
- More light
- Softer lines
- The ability to open all the windows
- Not as much interior space created by them
- They can be expensive and difficult to install
Both bay and bow windows can be expensive
because of the amount of work that needs to be done to extend them out of the
interior of your home. Because bow windows require a special curved frame that
has to be made so the panes fit in perfectly, they are usually more expensive
than bay windows. The bow windows replacement cost can also be more than the
bay window replacement cost, but that really depends on the types of panes
used. A large part of that is determined by the size of the windows and the
types of panes used on the sides of a bay window.
At the end of the day, the choice between bow
windows vs bay windows comes down to your particular taste, home, and needs.
The best way to make your decision is to talk to professionals who can help
guide you through the decision-making process. That's why Expo Home Improvement
offers free consultations to help you make the best choice for your home.
Whatever you decide on, our experienced craftsmen will make sure that your new
windows will be everything you dreamed of.