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Bay and Bow Windows: What are the Differences?

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When you decide to replace your windows, you always know that you can improve the overall look of your home. You only need to make the right choice. When it comes to this choice, most of us know that it’s impossible to go wrong with bay or bow windows.

That’s because both of these windows add beauty to your home that no other window can. We’ll explain why that’s the case and the main differences between the two. By the end of the article, you’ll know exactly which of these two magnificent windows will be the best choice for your house.

What Are the Major Differences Between Bay and Bow Replacement Windows?

When you take a look at both of these windows for the first time – you can’t see many differences. 

However, upon closer inspection, you start to notice that there are significant differences:

  • Bay windows most commonly consist of a large center window and two additional ones at either side that angle away from the wall. Bow windows also have several windows, but they are not angled. Instead, they are equally sized, and they form an arch shape of sorts. Plus, they also protrude away from the wall. This difference is especially noticeable from the outside, as bay windows are essentially a part of the wall, while bow windows create an extended part of the home. 
  • There are three openings in most bay windows, while bow windows have four or five.
  • The two types of windows go great with two different types of houses. Bay windows are mostly contemporary and go well in homes with a modern design. Bow windows are an integral part of any Victorian-era house. Naturally, you don’t have to be limited in this way. Both types can go well with most types of homes, and these are just the primary pairings that most people opt for. They are tried out and proven to look amazing. 
  • You should select a bow if you want to have more light, and you should use a bay if you’re going to add more floor space to the interior. 
  • When it comes to the price, both are more expensive than regular windows. However, that’s mostly because both of these window types consist of more than one window. Additionally, there are differences in the price between the two. As bow windows are more complex to install, they tend to be more expensive than bay windows. 

Key Takeaways

As you can see, both bay and bow windows add a special flair to your home. They are unique as they create an astonishing feel that cannot be replicated with any other type of window.

So, if you want to create a gorgeous home that will impress your neighbors, friends and family, you should definitely go for bay or bow windows. To decide which of the two is better, you only need to consider the differences. We explained and go with the option that suits your current needs. Contact 1-800-HANSONS, and we can install a high-quality bay or bow window for your home.

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