Jan 22, 2021

Garden vs Bay Windows

Rooms needing additional natural light and a feeling of spaciousness can benefit from the installation of either a garden or bay window.  While these windows have similar characteristics, there are some defining differences to understand prior to making a final decision.  Here’s what you need to know!

What’s a Garden Window? A garden window is a window that extends from your home’s exterior.  It has multiple panes to create a box-like effect.

garden window

What’s a Bay Window? A bay window is comprised of at least three windows that protrude out past an exterior wall.  The large, center main window does not open, but the side ones do.   

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

Design Effect: Bay windows are frequently used to establish a point of interest within a room.  They are most often utilized in living rooms, playrooms, and dining rooms.  Because of their design, homeowners can utilize them for additional seating with the addition of a cushion or pillows.  Bay windows work well in elegant, classic homes.  On the other hand, garden windows, are often installed in kitchens, bathrooms, and home offices.  They contain a small shelf that can be used for house plants, books, and tchotchkes.  They are best suited for homes with contemporary architecture.

Natural Light: Both window styles excel at adding more natural light to a home. Natural light is a natural mood enhancer, allows a space to look larger, and boosts vitamin D.  However, because bay windows are offered in larger configurations than garden windows, they have the ability to introduce more natural light to a home.

marvin infinity bay windowVentilation: Both bay and garden windows offer ventilation.  In many instances, garden windows are manufactured with end vents that promote moderate home air circulation.  Although the central window is fixed, bay windows are still an excellent source of ventilation because the outer windows are installed at opposite angles which allow breezes to flow in several directions.

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Angles: Garden windows are installed at a 90-degree angle to create a box effect.  The angle that bay windows can be installed at typically runs 25 to 45 degrees.

Size Constraints: One of the biggest determinants of which window style to use is the size of the rough opening.  Garden windows generally are not offered in sizes larger than 72” x 48”, while bay windows can be manufactured in substantially bigger sizes to accommodate substantial rough openings.

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Window Replacement Reviews

"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

"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 had your windows installed in our home last week and they are great. Chris Meyers did a excellent job. He cares about the customers and his work. I told a few people about Lindus and highly recommend their windows and said ask to have Chris Meyers to install them. Nice product, Lindus.  The city inspector was impressed with the quality work and cleanliness by Lindus and gave Lindus more respect than any other company."

Daniel N.
Coon Rapids, MN
August 27, 2020

"If you’re going to remodel, windows or anything they do, hire them for a professional experience."

David C.
Minneapolis, MN
April 17, 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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