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Bay and Bow Windows Comparison

Bay Windows:

Difference between Bay and Bow windowsA bay window features a combo of three or more windows that angle out beyond the outside wall. These windows can be installed in four projection angles and since the window protrudes to the outside, they create a lot more space for additional seating and extended view.

Bow Windows:

They are similar to bay windows in that they extend beyond the exterior wall and arch away from the wall by four or more windows. This type of window is much larger than bay windows and features more glass area. You can make unique additions below the windows such as a window seat or a bench which could mean more seating and storage space. If you are intent on making your room look brighter and bigger, bow windows are your best bet. 

The addition or upgrade of projection windows is a unique and popular way for you to increase the functionality of a room, expand your view and boost your curb appeal. If you are looking to install new windows for your home, or do a replacement, and have heard about bay or bow windows, here is what you need to know before you choose them. 

What’s The Difference Between Bay and Bow Windows?

At first glance, bay and bow windows can look very similar. Both open up a room and create a lot more space while letting in a lot of light. They add glamour and splash to any room. 

Here are the major differences between the two:

    • Bow windows have four or more openings that come in angled projections. A bay window has three.
    • A bow window has a rounded, curved appearance as seen from the outside of the home and is referred to as a “five-lite bow” or a “four-lite bow”. A bay window can be a combination of a picture window and two other smaller windows on the side.
    • Both types of windows are ideal and suitable for all styles of homes but the flat planes and angular lines of a bay window are considered more suitable for modern homes while the semi-circular design of the bow windows is more appropriate for Victorian architecture.
    • Bay windows add more floor space to the home’s interior as they protrude farther from the wall.
    • Bow windows add more natural light to the home as they have more glass panes when compared to bay windows.
    • Bow windows are much wider than bay windows as they have 4 or more windowpanes while bay windows have three.
  • Bow windows can be installed around the corner of the home, creating a unique nook on the interior and a turret shape on the exterior. This unique design allows for a great view from the two sides of the home. 

Cost Difference of Bay and Bow Windows

A bow window will cost about 2.5 times a similar same-sized opening flat window will cost. This is because a bow window has many panes and the installation is a bit more complex than that of a regular bay window. Installation of a bow window requires a new hip roof or a soffit tie-in to help seal out water and air. 

How Energy-efficient are Bay and Bow Windows?

How Energy-efficient are Bay and Bow Windows?When choosing windows for your home, consult with FTC Oury Group and we will help you choose windows that will see you save money in energy costs. In fact, windows will pay for themselves in only a few years if they are efficient enough. 

Bow and bay windows are considered very energy efficient and installing either helps you not only save a lot of money in energy bills but bring more beauty and charm into your home. They also add space into your home for either sitting or storage. 

Choosing a bay or bow window is a great choice for any homeowner. These windows come with a lot of advantages and are a unique addition to your home. You can choose to have them installed in the area of the house that has great views as they will allow you to enjoy good scenery from the comfort of your home. 

If you are looking to replace or install bay or bow windows, reach out to FTC Oury Group and we will make that happen for you. Call us at (630) 686-7618

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