It’s no secret that new bay or bow windows can make a dramatic improvement to the interior and exterior aesthetics of your home. These windows are beautiful on the inside and outside, and they add charm wherever they are installed. 

On the outside, they increase your home’s curb appeal, and on the inside, they create a showplace for plants or other accents. But which is right for you? Below, we cover the four primary differences between the two and illuminate the top factors to consider when deciding between bay windows and bow windows.

1. Cost of Bay vs Bow Windows

The main difference between bays and bows is how many windows you’ll need to install. And that, of course, influences the cost of your renovation. 

There are many types of bay windows, but they each come with three windows: one picture window in front and two double-hung, casement, or fixed light windows on the sides. 

Bow windows are made up of multiple windows that create an arc, or bow shape on the exterior. Normally, these windows will be smaller than the ones used for bay windows, meaning there will be more windows required to cover the same space. 

We recommend that you get a professional estimate for each window style to understand the respective costs. There are many factors beyond just the quantity of windows and the installation that can affect the overall cost of your window project. Accurate measurement is one of the most important factors and, you really want a professional measure to inform that estimate. 

2. Interior Lighting

Both windows are going to bring more light into your home than a flat window, but bow windows offer more angles for light to enter. This means that you can enjoy more direct sunlight compared to the flat designs of bay windows.

Bow windows are also closer to the edge of your home. Bay windows have an outward frame with a roof that can keep sunlight away from your interior. Meanwhile, bow windows extend less, meaning you can enjoy the sunlight for more hours in the middle of the day.

3. Space

Both windows are great for creating an interior space that can be used as shelf space for plants and decorations or as a sitting area. But there are key differences in how they add space to your home.

Bay windows tend to create more room simply because of their basic configuration. Since bay windows jut out more from the home, they create more extra shelf space. Bow windows can create quite a bit of space, depending on the number of windows used, but they typically can’t compete with the space that bay windows create.

4. Air Flow

Bow windows allow for a gentle flow of air that can move freely through the windows and around the room, which creates refreshing air circulation in your space. Bay windows offer good circulation as well, but it’s much harder for air to move freely around flat surfaces compared to the smooth arc that bow windows have. If the airflow is what you’re looking for, then bow windows are the superior option.

Bay and Bow Windows from Window Nation

No matter what you decide, you can trust Window Nation to offer a wide selection of high-quality options to make that new window purchase fit perfectly into your budget. We have low-cost, high-quality vinyl windows that will give you all of the style and features you’re looking for, with a gentler hit to your wallet. 

Or, if you’re looking to add more beauty to your home, you can choose elegant, handcrafted wood seat boards and trim to make those new windows really stand out. 

Either way, we offer you the highest quality of artistry, one of the most comprehensive guarantees in the industry, and certified installation experts who will get the job done right. Request a free estimate and get started today!