What Are Differences Between Bay & Bow Windows?

If you’re looking for a way to add style and grace to your home while boosting the curb appeal and the amount of natural light into your home, you should consider having either a bay or bow windows installed. Bay and bow windows are both compound window units, which means they are not exactly a specific window style themselves, but they each feature windows of varying styles arranged in a certain way.

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Benefits of Bay Windows

A bay window typically consists of 3 different windows, of which the two side windows (commonly referred to as the “flankers”) are installed at 30, 45 or even sometimes 90 degree angles, while the central window is parallel to the outside wall of the home. A majority of the time the central window is fixed, perhaps with a large picture window, but it can also be operational if you prefer the window that way. The flankers can also be customized to fit with your functional and aesthetic preferences, with the most common choices for these windows being double hung or casement windows. The bay window unit projects outward from the exterior wall of the home, creating its namesake semi-hexagonal “bay” on the inside of your home. This additional space can make a smaller room feel more open and because the flankers are installed at an angle, bay windows are great for catching those great cross breezes.

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Benefits of Bow Windows

A bow window is sort of a cousin to the bay window, featuring multiple windows built into a single unit. However, bow windows are like the bigger, more attractive cousin (Sorry Bay Windows). While a bay window features 3 separate windows, bow windows can typically have four, five, six or even more than that. And while bay windows often have a fixed central window and operational flankers, all of the windows on a bow window unit are usually operational. In terms of the shape, bow windows are more curved, while bay windows are more angular. Both sets of windows can provide expansive views, great ventilation and ample natural light. Each of these types of windows can significantly boost the WOW factor of your home. Ultimately, the choice you will have will probably come down to personal preference or available space in your home.

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