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, much like picture windows, is comprised of a large 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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