The Difference Between Bay & Bow Windows

When choosing new windows, many people often wonder if there is a big difference between bay and bow windows. While they do have their similarities, there is a lot of differences between the two.

Both are beautiful and provide elegant arches and angles, not to mention a gorgeous monstrous view. It’s important that before blindly purchasing one or the other for your home that you educate yourself on the differences and how they may affect you. Bay and Bow windows definitely have an advantage over traditional flat windows in that they provide a larger viewing area to the outdoors then would otherwise be possible. This is due to their protruding construction. The 180 degree arc design of bay and bow windows allow for the window to protrude from the wall, and grants the viewer a wider, more accessible and non-obstructed view. This is also a trick used to give the impression that a room is larger then what might actually exist.

Bay windows often are made up of three windows of varying sizes, the formation will typically have a large center window and is surrounded by two smaller windows. The two smaller windows, called flankers, are angled from the wall at approximately 30 to 40 degrees and are often double hung to give adequate ventilation. The advantage of the center window is that although it grants to the viewer a large and unobstructed view, it also serves as a way to ventilate your room.

Now let’s talk about bow windows. Bow windows are comprised of three to six windows that are all the same size. This gives the design of the space the ability to have a gradually curved look and feel. The bay design has a more sharp angle. It also allows the windows to have a greater capacity for ventilation if installed to do so. It is important to know that installing the bow window in this way will require a larger amount of hardware which may not give you a perfect, unobstructed view. There are typically three different types of installations that a bow window can have. This includes casements, double hung, or single hung.

Local realtors say bay or bow windows really add to the value of a home. They say it’s often the focal point that their home buyers first notice when they walk into a room. Whether it’s a bay or bow window that has caught your eye, homeowners say it’s an investment they should have done a long time ago! It’s definitely a home improvement that gets a lot of bang for your buck because you can enjoy it every time you walk into the room!

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