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Bay Windows vs. Bow Windows: Which is right for you?

Are you on the market for new windows? Looking for a way to make your room feel larger or let more light in? Not sure how to decide between a bay window and a bow window, or even what the difference is? Keep reading to learn more about bay windows, bow windows and how to make the right choice for your home.

What are Bay Windows?

A bay window is a custom addition that protrudes from the side of your house. Bay windows consist of three separate windows joined together in either a square, rectangular, hexagonal or octagonal shape. Bay windows can be installed at angles between 90 and 150 degrees from the house, so the exact design of your bay window depends on the characteristics of your home and the desired look.

Bay windows can add floor space to the interior of your home and are an excellent choice if you want to add a window seat or bench. In most installations, the window panes in a bay window are far enough apart to allow for each window to open.

What are Bow Windows?
Bow windows are a made up of four or more casement windows fitted together to create a rounded window structure. Bow windows were a popular feature in Victorian homes and can lend a classic appearance to any space. Most window companies will agree that bow windows are often more complicated to install than a regular casement window, and need to be well insulated to keep out the cold.

Bow windows are a great option if you’re looking for a way to let more light in or want to create a corner window. Bow windows can also be fitted with window seats, but because of the number of glass panes and their proximity to each other, the windows in a bow window construction typically can’t be opened.

What are the Key Differences?
The main differences between bay windows and bow windows are the number of glass panes, and their ability to open. While bay windows are typically made up of three panes—all of which can be made to open, bow windows generally consist of four or five panes of fixed glass which don’t open.

Are Customized Options Available?
Both bay windows and bow windows allow for a wide range of customization. With hundreds of different window styles, shapes and materials to choose from, you can create a beautiful window that’s seamlessly suited to your home.

To learn more about the different types of windows and the customizations available, visit an All-West Glass location today. We have locations all across Alberta, BC, Northwest Territories and Yukon. We’re your source for residential, commercial and automotive windows and glass. Contact us to learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment.