Bay vs bow windows

Bay Windows Vs. Bow Windows. What is the Difference?

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There are really only very small differences between bay and bow windows. They both light up your home with a lot of natural light. They both provide beautiful views of your surroundings, and they both add character to your home. The real difference is in the style of window you choose for your home. If you want to add a modern touch to your home but don’t want to completely change the feel, then bay windows are the way to go. Bow and bay windows are a great way to add a lot of light and space to a small space without taking up a lot of room. If you want to add a little more character to your home while still getting a lot of natural light, then you should consider bow windows.

The Main Differences Between a Bay & Bow Window

Here are some of the differences between a bay and a bow window.


Bay Windows

A bay window usually consists of only 3 windows. The most popular style is most of the time a fixed picture window with a smaller windows on each side that are able to open and let in air. A bay window is a great addition to any room that allows you to enjoy the outdoors without having to open your blinds or curtains. They are also a great place to add a little extra light and space to a room without taking up a lot of space. The only downfall to a bay window is that they don’t provide as much privacy as other types of windows. This type of window is usually found on Contemporary homes.

Bow Window

A bow window is a window that has 4 or more windows. It is almost like a bay window with a center window that is fixed and the other windows can be opened. They are a great option if you want to add a lot of light but want to keep your curtains or blinds closed. A bow window is shaped actually shaped like a bow and are usually extended out from the wall of your home. While bow windows look great on any home, this type of window is usually found on traditional and Victorian style homes.

What Type of Materials Are Used For Bay & Bow Windows.

The most common materials used for bay and bow windows are wood, vinyl, aluminum or fiberglass. The type of material that is used will depend on the style of window that is being purchased. Fiberglass is the most energy efficient material used for bay and bow windows. It is also the strongest material and has a long lifespan. Wood windows are great if you’re looking for more of a rustic look but they are hard to maintain their pristine qualities. If your wood windows are untreated than they will begin to either rot, swell with moisture and will inevitably will be unusable. Aluminum windows are also a common choice and are lightweight, but they do tend to corrode over time especially so if they are not kept in good condition. Aluminum windows do not last as long as most other types of materials. Vinyl is the most common material used for bay and bow windows and is only slightly less energy efficient than fiberglass, not as expensive and very easy to maintain. Our DaBella Glasswing & Fairfield vinyl windows are very easy to maintain, energy star rated and we offer a load of customizations and options for your brand new windows. We offer our windows in almost every style of window you can think of.

Where Bay & Bow Windows Are Usually Put on a Home.

The best place to put a bay or bow window is in a room where you want to add a lot of natural light but don’t want to completely change the look of the room. They are great in bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. Bay & Bow windows are also a great addition to any room that doesn’t have a lot of windows but could use a little more light. They can be placed almost anywhere in your home. These types of windows are great for those looking to make their rooms feel larger by adding more depth into the room. These types of windows are pushed out on the exterior of the house and can be made for a reading nook, a indoor garden.

Installation of Bay & Bow Windows.

These windows are customarily installed in new construction buildings. Although it is possible to install these windows in an existing homes in a spot with existing windows or no windows at all. It does cost a pretty penny and will require someone with a background in structural building to make sure that it is a safe and proper installation. If you have already existing bay or bow windows, DaBella’s bow and bay windows are excellent at keeping the cold air in during the summer and the warm air in during the winter. Our dedicated window specialists are great at making recommendations and factory-trained installers will make sure that your windows are installed properly and to our high standards as well as yours.

Comparing the Cost Between a Bow Window & Bay Window.

The cost of buying and installing these windows will depend greatly on the size of the window as well as the material that you choose. Another factor that you will need to consider if you don’t already have these types of windows is the structural costs of installing them. As said before it can be difficult and will take a structural engineer to decide if this type of project is safe and plausible for your home. If you’re looking for an updated modern look for your already existing bay or bow window, look for DaBella. DaBella is the window experts that will help you find the bay or bow window of your dreams. Generally, bow windows cost more than bay windows because they do have more windows and take a longer time to manufacture. But they also add unique character and design to your home. Whether you prefer a rustic look or a classic one, you can find a bow window that will complement your home and your preferences.

The Go To Replacement Window Contractor For Bay & Bow Windows.

DaBella is the window experts that will help you find the bay or bow windows that will give your room an updated modern look. Our windows are energy star rated and offer a fleet of styles and options that’ll upgrade your home with more natural light and a fresh new revamp. Also, DaBella provides factory trained installers that will make sure that your new  windows are installed properly to your standards and will keep your home comfortable and toasty during the winter and cool and comfortable during the summer. We are the go to replacement window contractor for all of your replacement window projects. When it comes to finding the right windows for your home, DaBella is the place to go. We have the widest range of styles of windows to choose from and the most expert window specialists to help you find the perfect window. Contact us today at 844-DaBella and we will provide you with a free no obligation quote.

Steven Shortridge

District Manager

Portland, OR

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