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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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Ross Apperly
4 months ago
Northshield replaced 9 windows in our house. Our only complaint would be that the colour doesn't really match the sample we were shown. The woman we first encountered in the showroom was pleasant and helpful. There are only so many things she could tell us in the showroom but it was enough to convince us to book an appointment with a salesman. Walter, the fellow who came to our house, wasn't really a salesman at all and yet he knew exactly what he was doing. Answered all of our questions, clearly knew his business inside and out, was patient with us, made some really helpful suggestions, and just generally made us feel confident and comfortable. Next came Vladimir. He came to do the final measurements and to verify the details of each window. Another very very knowledgeable guy. Clearly an expert in his field and yet friendly and patient with us. The team of men who came to do the install were all very much polite and professional. Their workmanship is first rate. In the end, what I know is this, the new windows are in, the drafts and rattles from the old ones are gone, the price was fine, the quality is A1, and every single individual along our journey was a genuine pleasure to work with.
Oai Truong
a month ago
We chose Northshield because of the rave reviews on Google, but unfortunately the experience was a disappointment. The sales guy was nice enough, but like most suppliers in their industry, installation came 6 weeks past their original estimate, which was fine since we were not in a big rush, although we had to delay the painting of our kitchen because of it. The two big issues were: 1. To install our new patio doors, the opening had to be widened, which our sales guy mentioned, and which was fine to us. The problem came when the installers were on site and insisted that they did not need to replace the header. I know nothing about construction but luckily my colleagues told me to make sure that they install a new header because they were widening the doorway. Luckily I was home and I persisted that they install a new header, and after a while they finally realized that they needed to do it as well. They went off to the store to get the wood and the drywall and finished the job, which looked fine. 2. Only a few months later big cracks appeared along the new header. I called Northshield only to be told by Alex that my painter should've known that the patchwork on the header was very minimal and that "any professional painter should've known to make sure the drywall was ready to be painted." So they refused to do anything about it. I guess I should've said back to him "any professional installer should've known you need a new header when you widen a doorway!" So now I have a wall that I will need to re-patch and re-paint all over again. If you decide to use Northshield, please do your own research and make sure that you oversee their work, because they will never take responsibility for it, or admit that they didn't know what the heck they were doing.
emily s
3 months ago
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Patrick Touchette
4 months ago
Alex our salesman was great to work with and gave us very good information about our windows. The installation went smoothly and the windows look great and function well. Great customer service!
Albert Giesbrecht
a month ago
We had 4 windows installed by this company. The windows were installed in no time at all, and the guys were very professional and efficient. Love the windows and would recommend this company to anyone.
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