What’s the Difference Between Bay and Bow Windows?

December 20th, 2018 by

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Bay and bow windows are two of the most popular styles of classic replacement windows. While they’re visually similar and share natural insulation and ventilating properties, the two have very distinct differences from one another in terms of design and functionality.

In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Portland shares how these two window styles differ from one another.

The Same, Yet Different

Both bow and bay replacement windows feature a multi-paneled structure that extends outwards from the wall. This creates an eye-catching architectural feature for the home’s exterior while also providing extra space on the inside that can serve as a sitting or storage area.

The two differ in terms of structure, however. Bay windows are more linear and have three or more windows of the same size and functionality, such as double-hung or thinner casement windows. Bow windows, as their name suggests, are bow-shaped and feature a picture window at the center flanked by two functional windows. Visually, bow windows look larger while bay windows are wider.

Where To Install?

It’s possible to install both bay and bow windows in any room. Since they take up more wall space than other designs, they’re best installed in rooms with plenty of it. Bow windows, in particular, are better suited to living rooms and kitchens since they are wider and can provide more expansive views.

Bay windows can be installed in small- to medium-sized rooms as they don’t extend too far out from the wall. In fact, this window can actually add to the floor space of a smaller room since its extended frame doubles as a sitting or storage area. Master bedrooms and guest rooms can both benefit from bay windows, especially when the design incorporates double-hung windows for ventilation.

At Renewal by Andersen® of Portland, we’ll help you decide which of these two replacement windows are the best choice for your home. Call us today at (503) 419-3960 to learn more about our services. We install premium replacement windows in Tigard, Beaverton, and West Linn, OR.