Window Replacement: Bay vs. Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows are a great way to add in extra light and space into your home. They can even enhance your curb appeal. At first glance, bay and bow windows can look very similar; however, bay and bow windows have different aesthetics. Which style should you choose for your home? Read more to find out.

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Bay Windows

Bay windows have three panes and can protrude in varying degrees. They typically are comprised of one small picture window with two smaller windows on either side. Bay windows protrude from the exterior wall farther than bow windows. Thus, bay windows can add a bit more space to the interior of your home and help make it appear larger. They can also be used in more spaces in your home than bow windows can since they aren’t as wide and can fit into smaller wall spaces.

30 Degree Bay Window from Pella Windows and Doors - Balducci Exteriors Richmond
30 Degree Bay Window from Pella
45 Degree Bay Window from Pella Windows and Doors - Balducci Exteriors Richmond
45 Degree Bay Window from Pella

Bow Windows

Similar to bay windows, bow windows protrude beyond the home’s exterior wall and provide extra light in your home. Bow windows consist of several small windows to create an elegant arch. They are typically larger than bay windows since they require more space due to an increased number of windows. One thing to keep in mind is that bow windows are typically more expensive than bay windows since they require more window panes for the design.

4 Unit Bow Window from Pella Windows and Doors - Balducci Exteriors Richmond
4 Unit Bow Window from Pella
5 Unit Bow Window from Pella Windows and Doors - Balducci Exteriors Richmond
5 Unit Bow Window from Pella

Bay and bow windows are a good way to update your home without spending an exuberant amount of money. Overall, choosing between bay and bow windows will depend on your personal taste and the kind of look you want to achieve for your home. Either option will help to increase your home’s value and create an inviting curb appeal.

Window replacements are one of the best home improvement projects that you can invest in. Adding a bay or bow window is a great way to add some character to your home without breaking the bank. If you have any questions about replacement windows, or bay and bow windows, feel free to contact Balducci Exteriors.

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