Opening up your home to more natural light and a bigger view can be accomplished with a picture window. But if you also want to add more space and a more elegant look, choose either a bay window or bow window to accomplish the job. But many homeowners are not aware of the subtle – yet important – differences between these two “big window” options.
Bay and bow windows are similar in that they both extend out from the exterior walls of your home. However, bay windows are usually made up of three separate windows that angle sharply outward, sometimes at as much as a 90-degree angle, created a “box” effect. They can extend further out away from your home, creating more usable interior space. The side panels can consist of single hung or casement windows that open for ventilation.
Bow windows, on the other hand, generally consist of 4-6 windows that form a more gradual and graceful arch extending away from the exterior walls. The angles between each panel are far less sharp. Each individual window panel can be made up of a fixed panel or an opening casement-style frame. Or you can mix and match them.
Because bow windows include more window panels, they are usually larger than bay options. So, we’ll need to measure the available space to ensure that the windows you want will fit in your home.
Both bay and bow windows can help to make a room appear brighter and more spacious, provide extra seating or storage, and add visual appeal to your home.
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