Feb 25, 2021

Bay vs. Bow Windows

If you’re like many homeowners looking to update your property’s curb appeal and natural light, home window replacement is often a project that warrants serious attention.  During the research process, two window styles you are likely to repeatedly encounter are bay and bow windows.  Allow us to weigh in on the features, pros, and cons of each so that you’re able to make an educated decision that allows you to determine which style is the best fit for your home.

Bay Window: A bay window is comprised of a large window inoperable window with smaller windows on each side that both open and close.  Bay windows are typically angled out at either a 45- or 90-degree angle.

Infinity Bay Window Picture Window and Double Hung Windows-Exterior View

Bow Window: A bow window is a curved window structure that normally includes at least four casement windows.

bow window

Architectural Considerations: Bay windows work well in modern homes because of their slanted lines and flat planes.  The half-circle exterior of a bow window works well in historic homes.  A unique feature of bow windows is that they can be wrapped around the corner of a home, allowing vantage points from two sides.

Natural Light: In the realm of natural light, bow windows permit a greater amount to filter through because they have a more sizable glass surface area and less framing than bay windows.

Space Considerations: The design of a bay window causes it to extend out further than a bow window, creating additional floor space.  It’s worth knowing that bay windows are comprised of only three panels, making it rare for them to be as wide as a bow window.

marvin infinity bay window

Ventilation: If the ability for fresh air to circulate throughout a room is a driving force, bay windows are preferable because they easily could host the components that allow them to open and close.  Bow windows can have the mechanisms that allow them to open and close, but many homeowners shy away from this option because it can take away from the windows’ aesthetics.

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Shelving & Storage: Both bay and bow windows win high marks with homeowners because of the storage capacities.  By their very design, they can be utilized for extra seating or displaying memorabilia without changing the footprint of a room.  It’s important to understand that bay windows protrude out further from a home, allowing for more floor and seating space.

Price: Between the two window styles, bow windows tend to be the pricier option.  This is because each unit contains more windows.

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"We are part of an HOA. We had Lindus out to replace the windows in our townhome. They did a great job in the pre-sales, helps us select window design, and delivered the windows as ordered. I was very impressed with the installers. they were very professional, friendly, and showed a great deal of care for both our home and for keeping us safe during this time of COVID. Installation was top notch, the interior and exterior match wonderfully. great craftsmanship.  After having the windows for a number of months now, We really appreciate the quality and the noticeable change in heating and cooling."

Dennis A.
Hugo, MN
November 20, 2020

"Thank you Lindus Construction, our new 2020 bay window and Infinity from Marvin® windows throughout the rest of our home. They look superb. Thank you for your quality work!"

Mary B.
St. Paul, MN
November 2, 2020

"We had Lindus Construction replaced all of the windows on our house with SeasonGuard windows. Not only did they cut down on our heating and air conditioning bills, but we didn't hear much of the thunder and rain storms this summer. Also, the installers are wonderful to work with. I would recommend Lindus to anyone!"

Karalee H.
Robbinsdale, MN
September 11, 2020

"Have used the company for both windows and LeafGuard® projects, Great products, sales staff and installers. Highly recommend."

Dennis F.
Eden Prairie, MN
September 11, 2020

"Although Lindus was not the lowest bid, because of their excellent ratings on Angie's List we selected them to do the project. Removing 14 double hung wood windows and two large bay windows (including frames & interior trim), cutting back the exterior siding slightly, replacing with Infinity® from Marvin units and installing new interior trim was a four day project for the crew of three. It is doggone rare to find a company that takes this kind of pride in their work any more, but Lindus definitely does. Would we recommend them? We already have. With pleasure."

Thomas R.
St. Louis Park, MN
October 13, 2020

"I just had a beautiful SeasonGuard bay window installed by Lindus and a bedroom window.  I have Chris coming out this coming week and he's going to measure for the other window in the living room.  I'm so pleased; I love both the interior and the exterior.  The main thing is that it's kept all of this cold air out this winter.  Thank you so much!"

Lynette T.
Columbia Heights, MN
January 18, 2020
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