Window Replacement – Part 3: Bay and Bow Windows

Window Replacement – Part 3: Bay and Bow Windows

November 10, 2016

If you’re looking to add something extra to your home, one of the best ways to do that is to install a bay or bow window. Because of how they look, bay and bow windows definitely attract attention, but it’s not all for show though! They add value to a home by not only giving its appearance a boost but improving its function as well.  

Part 3: Bay and Bow Windows

Bay vs. Bow Window

Bay and bow windows are actually two different window designs with a similar concept: they both protrude from the home’s walls. However, bay windows only have three panels, making it more angular in design. On the other hand, bow windows have four to six panels that give it a curvier, arched appearance.

Advantages of Bay and Bow Windows

The main advantage bay and bow windows bring is the aesthetic appeal they provide to both the exterior and interior of the home. Others include:

  • Versatility. Bay and bow windows are generally matched with Victorian homes but they can also complement more modern home designs depending on how they are used.  
  • Extra Space. Bay and bow windows jut out from walls but they extend down to the floor so that also means floor space is extended wherever they are used. This extra space may be considered minimal in relation to the rest of the home but it is always enough to accommodate the introduction of areas that improve function, like reading corners, breakfast nooks, and storage.
  • More Natural Light. Bay and bow windows feature several panels where other window styles may only have one or two. With more glass panels, the windows are able to let in more natural light. Aside from reducing dependence on artificial light during the day, an abundance of natural light also helps in making a home look more spacious and inviting to let in more natural light.
  • Better Ventilation. Bay and bow windows also offer better ventilation through their multiple panels. After all, with more window openings, more air can find its way inside a home to refresh it.

Related: Let the Breeze In With These Window Styles

What to Consider

Bay and bow windows will require additional construction to be installed. Work with a reputable window expert, however, and the disruption should be minimal. You might not even realize additional work was done!

Exploring window replacement options can be an enjoyable experience if you know exactly what you want. But even when you don’t, your local window expert will be more than willing to help you find the best window replacement for you.

Related: Window Seat Ideas for Your Bay and Bow Windows

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