If you want to make a drastic change to the look of the outside of your home, think about bay or bow windows. These types of windows are different from your regular flat windows that align flush with the walls of your home. They actually are a group of windows that completely change the structure of the wall where they are located, because they jut out from the wall.
They are an excellent way to add personality to a boring flat wall that can’t be improved by a different color of paint or landscaping.
Bay Windows vs. Bow Windows
Most people talk about bay windows as any window set that curves outward from the house. However, in most cases what they refer to as bay windows, are actually bow windows. Here’s how you can tell the difference.
Bow windows are made up of 3 to 6 equal size windows that gently curve away from the house.
Bay windows are made up of 3 windows. Usually they have a large, center window that is flanked by two smaller windows on the side, but it can really be any configuration of 3. The big difference between bay windows and bow windows though, is that bay windows have sharper angles. Bay windows don’t have the gentle curve that bow windows do.
So now when you see a window set sticking out from a home, you will be able to tell if they are bay windows or bow windows. Knowing this will also help you be able to pick which one you like more for your own home.
Changes to the Inside
Along with the changes to the outside of your home, you will also see changes to the inside. No longer will you have a flat window with a small sill, but a pushed out window with a large sill.
Depending on how big you go with your bay or bow window you can use this new larger window sill as a cat perch, a place to display treasures, or as a mini greenhouse. If you have a very large sill, it makes a great place to toss pillows on and make into a reading nook.
Bay and bow windows also create a great space for holiday decorations to be displayed.
For more information on our bay or bow windows, and also to find out which one would be better for your home, contact us today!