How to Tell Bay and Bow Windows Apart

It’s true that bay windows and bow windows are often confused for the other due to their similarities. However, these windows have distinct features that set them apart from each other. This article from Renewal by Andersen® of Quad Cities aims to highlight the main differences between bay and bow windows.

How to Tell Bay and Bow Windows Apart

Bay Windows

Bay windows are typically comprised of three tall window frames that protrude from your exterior wall. These openings form an angular shape and flat planes, making bay windows ideal for modern homes. The main window frame is the biggest and is usually a picture window while the two smaller window frames on the side can be comprised of any type of window that opens.

Since bay windows only have three window panels, they’re usually smaller than bow windows. However, they protrude farther out from the wall.

Bow Windows

Bow windows are more curved than angular. They are usually comprised of four window frames that form a gentle slope on your exterior wall. Due to their arch, bow windows are more suitable for traditional architectural styles like Victorian homes. Since they have more panels, bow windows allow more light into your home.

In terms of placement, bow windows can be wrapped around the corner of any property. This provides a more dramatic look to any building. With bow windows, you have the option to choose either fixed or vented windows. Bow windows configurations can include casement or double-hung windows.

Bay and bow windows, while somehow alike in that they both extend outside, have their own differences that make them unique. Bay windows can boost the curb appeal of any modern home. On the other hand, bow windows can dramatically increase the aesthetic value of traditional homes.

Renewal by Andersen of Quad Cities offers a wide array of high-quality replacement doors and windows. You may contact us at (844) 366-7784. We serve Rock Island, IL, and nearby areas.