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25
Jul
2015

The difference between bow windows and bay windows


When installing new windows in your home, you will have a wide variety of options to choose from. Your selection will depend on a number of factors including the amount of space available, your home's style, and your personal choices. Two main options that can quite easily get confused are bay windows and bow windows. While they might look quite similar at first, closer inspection will reveal some significant differences.

 

Bay windows have three openings. In other words, they consist of three main windows and the windows on the left and right sides are usually angled. Bow windows usually consist of four or five openings and these too can be angled.

 

Bay windows consist of a picture window located at the centre along with two additional windows (one on either side).  The side windows are usually smaller than the main picture window.  Bow windows have a more rounded or curved appearance since more windows are used.

Both bow and bay windows are suitable for most home styles. However, bay windows are seen as more modern and contemporary while bow windows compliment Victorian-style architecture. While the style of the home will help determine which one to choose, it is important to remember that it is not the only factor that needs to be considered.

 

If you are looking for extra interior floor space, then bay windows are the way to go. Their shape and design mean that the wall will extend further out than it would with a bow window.

Since bow windows consist of more windows than bay windows, it's easy to understand how they will allow more light to enter a room. If the room is particularly dark, a bow window could be your best bet. It's also a great way of keeping your electric bill down since you won't need to turn on the lights quite as much.

 

Bay and bow windows are quite similar in terms of height, but it's the width where they differ. Again, bow windows will require more space and homeowners need to consider their interior design and furniture when choosing between the two.


A great advantage of bow windows is that you can have them installed on the corner of a particular room. This is great for saving space since corners are often occupied by a table, corner sofa or something along those lines. In addition, you will be able to appreciate two different views.

 

Due to the fact that more glass and materials are involved in making bow windows, it's easy to understand why the price tag is usually higher than that of bay windows. 

 

The one thing that homeowners can be sure of is that bay windows and bow windows both have a way of opening up a room. They give you that spacious feel and they also allow in more light than regular windows. They also add fantastic style and, rather than being perceived as just a window, they will be noticed as a significant feature that will make anyone feel right at home.

 

At NorthShield Windows and Doors, we offer a range of bow windows and bay windows to suit various budgets and style preferences. Call us for a free in-home quote! 

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