Thursday, May 12th, 2016 by John Otterbein
Are you planning on installing a new bay or bow window into the lovely facade of your home? That's great news! Not only do they allow more light to spill into your home-space, they greatly increase the your home's value.
Even though they both serve the same purposes, they serve them in slightly different ways.
So, do you know which window is right for you?
Let's wash away some of the confusion we've observed to make your choice smooth and seamless.
Bow and bay windows share more similarities than they do differences. In fact, the primary differences between the two are based on your personal aesthetic preferences.
Bay windows are angular, square, or polyganal in shape, typically consisting of one centerpiece window with two smaller, flanking windows on either side. Bay windows have more acute angles than bow windows, allowing for larger seating or storage capabilities than their shallower counterparts.
On the other hand, bow windows have a more rounded and curved appearance because they're formed with four or more windows. More windows add a softer and more gentle arc to your home's exterior, giving its facade an inviting and friendly appeal.
Essentially, bow windows are bay windows with more gradual curves, creating a wider view from the room. This curvature offers homes a unique look that cannot be as easily achieved using a bay window due to their sharp, protruding corners.
Beyond their aesthetic distinctions, both bow and bay windows serve a similar functional purpose. Both provide a much bigger view than regular windows, creating the illusion that an internal space is larger than it may actually be.
Both types can also be fabricated to suit all three project classifications: new construction, replacement, or remodeling.
Whether you opt to install a bay or bow window, both will substantially add to the value of your home. Realtors will be the first to tell you about the positive effects bay and bow windows have on the mindset of potential home buyers. They serve as visual focal points, add square-footage to your home, and add invaluable character, value, and charm.
Another difference between the two windows that you'll want to consider is their varying ventilation characteristics, though Bow windows have the upper hand when it comes to letting your home breathe. More windows equate with more air control.
Because Bay windows can come in three types - casements, double hung, or single hung- they open up more avenues for ventilation.
However, be warned. The more ventiliation capability you build into your bow window design, the more your view to the outside will be obstructed. Therefore, it's important to think through the balance you want your bow window to achieve between ventilation and expansive views of the surrounding environment.
Considering that any window can come equipped with ventilating properties but not every window can provide sprawling views, it's common for bow windows to focus more on an unobstructed view over their ability to transfer air in and out of your home.
After deciding which type of window is right for your home, you can start looking at materials and coloring options. If you've settled on your next window selection but want to build out your general knowledge on home improvement, visit our glossary of custom window and door terms. To gain additional education on specific window products and next steps, visit our showroom to learn more about our locally manufactured inventory.