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Difference Between Bay and Bow Windows

Apr 07, 2020
Bay and Bow Windows

What is the difference between Bay and Bow Windows?

It’s a pretty common question 

Both window styles are made up of multiple windows that protrude from the outside wall of your home and demand the attention of the room. So, what is the difference? 

It’s simple really. Bay windows are made up of three windows set at an angle with the center window typically being wider than the two side windows. Since the windows are set at an angle, they make more of a boxy shape. Bay windows make perfect reading nooks and they are often accompanied by a window seat.  

Bow windows are made up of between four and six windows set side by side to create the illusion of a curved shape and a panoramic viewThese windows can stick out as little as 8 inches making it an ideal choice when space is limitedBow windows can also be wrapped around the corner of a home, allowing a view of two sides of the home in one. Think of more of a Victorian look or a turret shapeIn a competition between the two, bow windows let in more light due to the increased number of glass panes.  

Another key difference is the type of window used in the installation. Typically bow windows are made up of fixed windows, meaning they do not open. They are fixed simply because there isn’t as much room for the opening mechanisms since they are set so closely together. Bay windows typically have a fixed picture window as the larger center window and then either casement or double hung windows as the side windows.  

Finally, there is a difference in price between the two categories. Bow windows typically cost 2.5 times more than a bay window. This is because they are simply more windows in the group and require a custom shell to be made to hold them.  

Whichever style you choose, ImproveIt Home Remodeling can help you make the best decision for your home and budget. Our replacement windows are all Energy Star-rated, custom manufactured in Ohio, and designed specifically to perform at the highest standards in our harsh Midwest climate.  

Contact our team of window experts today to schedule your free in-home consultation and energy savings evaluation. 

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