Bow or bay? That is the question we’ll seek to answer. Though you’d be hard-pressed to tell them apart at first glance, both styles have their own unique differences.
Here, Renewal by Andersen® of Louisville and Lexington, Louisville’s window company of choice, compares the features of these two popular window types:
Bow windows are typically larger than bay windows, in part because bow windows are actually four to five conjoined windows. They extend outward in an arched manner, lending an elegant look to your home. Thanks to their multiple glass panels, bow windows are ideal for people who want optimum natural lighting.
While bow windows feature four to five angled openings, bay windows have only three. The key difference is that bay windows include a “picture window” with two smaller supplementary windows to the sides, giving this window type a more “rounded” look than bow windows. Also, bay windows protrude further out, giving homeowners a pleasant nook that can be used for various purposes..
Despite these differences, bay and bow windows have a number of similarities too. Both are typically associated with Victorian architecture, yet are still versatile enough to fit in seamlessly with other styles. These windows let rooms “breathe” because of the amount of light they let in. Additionally, they can create the illusion of more space for otherwise congested rooms.
Renewal by Andersen of Louisville and Lexington provides quality replacement windows and other premium home improvement products and services. We are proud to have 40 years of combined experience in the industry. Whether you’re looking to install bow or bay windows, you can rely on us to get the job done in a timely and satisfying manner. We serve residents of Louisville, KY, and surrounding areas. Call us at (502) 716-7264 today.