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Bay Window vs Bow Window - Which to Choose?

When it comes to adding room and light to your living space, nothing matches the performance of a projection window. But when it comes down to choosing between installing bay windows vs bow windows, understanding the subtle differences is important.

Although the contrast may seem small, understanding what makes bay and bow windows different can make a big impact on your decision.

Bay Windows Feature a Fixed Window

The advantage of bay windows comes from their incredible ability to combine beautiful views with improved ventilation.

To achieve this, bay windows are usually made up of three window panels set on an angle. This creates a space that projects from your home’s outer wall. The center window is most often a fixed picture window, designed to provide the best views.

Bay windows also feature casement or double-hung windows on each side. This helps to provide excellent airflow and ventilation.

This three-panel design makes bay windows an excellent choice for homeowners looking to add depth to their home, as well as maximize ventilation.

Bow Windows Bring in More Natural Light

Bow windows tend to be wider and more intricate than bay windows, making them ideal for capturing natural light.

Usually made up of four to six side-by-side panels, bow windows arc out from the house with a more rounded appearance. The angles between windows are wide, making the bow window’s protrusion less steep than those of a bay window. That said, the curved shape and angled windows offer a wide view and can capture more natural light than any other projection window style.

The key difference between the two styles is that bow windows are often not operational, meaning they cannot be opened. With this detail in mind, bow windows are perfect for homeowners looking to add both space and light to their home, but where ventilation is less of a concern.

Which Style is Best?

Either bay or bow windows are an excellent choice -depending on your goals. Both can be added to any room, and both have varying sizes to fit multiple replacement needs. In fact, both window styles can make the room appear larger and can bring in more natural light.

When it comes down to choosing between bow and bay windows, the best style is that which fits your tastes, and your pocketbook.

When it comes to choosing between bay or bow windows for your home, the consideration really comes down to two factors: your budget and your goal.

If you are looking to add more airflow, then bay windows may be the way to go. On the other hand, if you are hoping to brighten up your living space with maximum natural light, then bow windows could be the way to go.

Either way, with a wide range of bay and bow windows available, the Torwin Team has options to fit any budget! Contact us today to book your free consultation and let us help you decide.

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https://torwin.com/understanding-window-installations-before-replacing-windows/
https://torwin.com/showcase-of-torwin-window-replacement-toronto/
https://torwin.com/showcase-of-torwin-window-replacement-toronto-part-2/