Bow vs. Bay Windows

Bow vs. Bay Windows

Replacing your standard windows with a bow window or bay window can add character and functionality to a home. However, although these two window types are similar in nature, they do have their differences. Knowing more about bow vs. bay windows will help you choose the best one for your home and your goals.

In this guide, you’ll learn about their key differences, and how to find the right bow or bay window for your home.

Structural Differences

The most telling difference between these two windows is how they’re structured. The typical bay window features three window panels, whereas a bow window can have four, five, or even six panels. A bay window’s panels usually include a larger center picture window and two smaller side casement windows. A bow window has a curved structure that gives a rounded appearance on the exterior of the home.

Of the two windows, the bay window extends out farther from the home than the bow window. This adds a little more floor space to the interior of the room. A bay window is often accompanied by a window seat.

While both types of windows can be incorporated into any style of home, rounded bow windows are most commonly seen on Victorian-style homes, and the more angular look of bay windows are generally more accommodating to modern-style homes.

Cost Differences

Of the two windows, a bow window is more expensive to have installed. A bow window has more windows, which add to the cost.

Bow windows feature a custom-made hardwood shell that’s fitted with several windows that are custom made to fit. A soffit tie-in or a new hip roof is usually required for both bay window and bow window installation to properly seal out air and water.

Contact Thompson Creek for a Free Estimate

Thinking about adding a bay or bow window to your home? Thompson Creek’s window experts can help you get the window of your dreams at a price you can afford. Just contact Thompson Creek today for a free estimate for your bow or bay window installation today.