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!

 If you are thinking of black windows for your home window replacement project and you’re worried that you may have missed the moment, take a deep breath. Black Window frames are here to stay. The chatter in the design community is still going strong, with everyone from Studio McGee to Plank and Plow giving this chic look an enthusiastic two thumbs up.  

 The black window frame trend never went away. 

 Some trends seem to come out of nowhere, and some trends are reminders of a look that never went away. Take subway tile, for instance — is it fair to even call it a trend? This is a look that the design community all seemed to collectively remember about ten years ago, and it’s still going strong.     Black window frames have been around for a long time — fascinatingly, they were a mainstay in nineteenth-century factories. Back then the mullions (the vertical pieces that separate the panes of glass) were made of steel. In the 1940s, engineers figured out how to make windows more inexpensively out of energy-efficient vinyl and aluminum, and black steel windows became the more upscale choice.    More recently, black steel windows have become the darlings of modern architects who still love to use them for art galleries and high-end custom builds.    But what does this mean for you? For the discerning homeowner, black window frames evoke a timeless, classy look. And now you can have your cake and eat it too — energy-efficient vinyl replacement windows with gorgeous black mullions are both a statement piece and a way to save money on your heating bills. 

 Black window frames make decorating easy 

 Black window frames have been around long enough to make their appearance in several different styles of architecture. They play equally well with traditional architecture and more contemporary looks. Recently, designers like Chip and Joanna Gaines have made black windows a popular feature in the modern farmhouse aesthetic.    When white is the main neutral in a design, a little touch of black sets things off. The high contrast look makes a dramatic statement all on its own — and doesn’t require fussy window treatments. If you’re concerned about privacy, a simple roman shade is all you need.    If you want a little assistance imagining this look in your space, try the Window Nation home improvement visualizer. This convenient tool can help you visualize how this look will work with your decorating style.  

 Frame your views and boost your curb appeal 

 Black windows act like a picture frame, showcasing the gorgeous panorama of your city view or backyard. There’s been a big push in recent years to “bring the outside in''. The uptick in interest for black windows is an extension of this desire to enjoy nature year round. If it’s too cold to venture out, gaze out your black window frames and enjoy the view.    From the inside out to the outside in, black windows will boost your home’s curb appeal.  If you’re lucky enough to have a brick or stone exterior, black windows set them off extraordinarily well. And down the line, when selling your home, that curb appeal will positively impact your selling price. An investment in home window replacement is one that pays off in both higher home sale prices, and lower monthly energy bills.    Window Nation can walk you through the whole process. We’ve worked with all different styles of architecture, and have been in the business long enough to know which trends will stick and which to sit out. Contact Window Nation today to get a free quote, and transform your home into a chic oasis that will get your friends talking.   
Fall is the perfect time to tackle the home improvement project you’ve been putting off. The temperatures are mild, and the weather is ideal for spending time outdoors. You might have an idea of the home improvement project you’d like to start – maybe your garden is overgrown, or you need to repair the shingles on your roof before winter arrives. However, the decision might not be as easy for some homeowners. You might be looking to increase your home’s energy efficiency or give your home a curb appeal boost, but you don’t know where to start. If you need a little more inspiration, our home improvement experts shared their recommendations for Fall home improvement projects.

Window Replacement

Fall is one of the best times of year to replace your windows. You won’t have to worry about your exterior design consultant getting stuck in the snow on the way to your house, and your installation won’t get delayed due to inclement weather. Mild temperatures are also ideal for window installation – the caulk that seals your windows adheres best in cooler temperatures. Replacement windows will give your home an energy efficiency boost just in time for winter – our windows are built with premium energy efficiency features to eliminate drafts and keep your home comfortable no matter the season. You might even see savings on your energy bills just in time for the holiday shopping season! When you choose replacement windows from Window Nation, you’ll also enjoy a curb appeal boost – all our windows are custom-made to meet your home’s needs. Choose from a variety of style and color options to find the perfect fit for your home.

Furnace Upgrades

The last thing you’ll want during the biggest snowstorm of the year is for your furnace to go out. Before the temperatures drop, consider contacting a HVAC maintenance professional to inspect your furnace. They can perform routine maintenance and make repairs if necessary. However, if your furnace is more than 10 years old, they might recommend upgrading it with a modern, more energy efficient HVAC system. Though the cost might seem steep, you’ll enjoy the comfort of knowing you won’t have to make any upgrades or repairs for years to come. When choosing a new furnace, consider purchasing an Energy Star certified system – you could save money on your energy bills.

Siding Replacement

Siding is one of the most overlooked parts of your home, but it’s important to keep it well maintained. If your siding is looking worse-for-wear, you might consider replacing it with modern vinyl siding from Window Nation. Our siding is available in a variety of colors, giving your home a much-needed curb appeal boost in time for the holidays. You won’t have to worry about your siding cracking or fading due to inclement weather – our siding is durable, built to withstand the harshest weather conditions. Vinyl siding will also improve your home’s insulation, keeping your home comfortable all winter long.

Upgrade Insulation

Your home should feel cozy and comfortable in the Fall, not drafty and chilly. Improve your home’s comfort this Fall by upgrading your home’s insulation. We recommend hiring an expert to conduct a home energy audit to determine the places where you’re losing the most energy. Your attic is one of the biggest culprits due to poor insulation – we recommend upgrading your home’s insulation with fiberglass or foam insulation to keep the chilly air outside. It’s also important to seal any cracks you might find, particularly around your windows and doors, to eliminate drafts and keep your home comfortable.

Door Replacement

Nearly one-third of residential heating and cooling costs are attributed to energy loss through windows and doors. Why continue to waste money on your energy bills month over month? Consider upgrading your doors to replacement doors from Window Nation. We offer entry doors, French doors, and sliding doors, each custom-made to fit your home’s needs. Our doors are available in fiberglass and steel options, so you can choose the best style for your home. You’ll enjoy a curb appeal boost and added security – all Window Nation doors come standard with a multi-point locking system to make your home more secure.

Want to Learn More About our Windows?

When you’re ready to start your home improvement project, schedule an estimate with one of our exterior design consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and go over your options so you can find the best windows, doors, and siding for your home. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. Schedule your in-home estimate today at WindowNation.com.
“What kind of windows should I buy for my house?” This question can spark your imagination to run wild - change can be exciting and replacement windows are a great investment for your home! Replacing old windows can give your home a new style and statement. Upgrading from older windows to new energy efficient windows can also save you money on your heating and cooling bills. There are various replacement window options and window replacement companies to choose from, but it can be confusing to look at all the options and choices available to you. That’s why we put together a cheat sheet of the things that you’ll want to consider and some resources to help you decide how to choose replacement windows for your home.

How To Choose The Right Replacement Windows

Homeowners have many different replacement window options. Choosing the right replacement windows for your home can seem overwhelming at times. Here are some helpful tips and topics to consider on how to choose replacement windows for your home.

Replacement Window Styles

There are a variety of window styles to choose from. Some of the most popular are:
  • Double Hung - A popular option, double hung windows slide up and down and most tilt in for easy cleaning.
  • Sliders - Similar to double hung windows, but these slide horizontally.
  • Bays - These windows make a strong statement and add glamour to any room
  • Bows - Similar to bays, bow windows have gradual curves not sharper angles, adding beauty to your home.
  • Garden - This option provides the perfect place to showcase plants, grow herbs, or simply add sunlight to any room.

Choosing Energy Efficient Replacement Windows

Here, you’ll want to look at the window’s efficiency rating. A window’s efficiency performance is measured by its U-factor. U-factor is a measurement of the window’s ability to move and conduct heat. The lower the U-factor the less heat transfers from outside your home to the inside in the summer months, thus keeping your home cooler. And, the lower the U-factor the lower the amount of heat transfers from the inside of your home to the outside in winter months. The U-factor is a great way to compare all types of replacement windows, no matter what material they are made of.

Types Of Replacement Windows

Proper Installation of Replacement Windows Is Crucial

Proper installation of your replacement window is a key factor to their future performance. If you buy the best, most energy efficient window and it isn’t installed properly, the performance of the window will decrease rapidly. Another thing to watch out for: If the windows are not installed correctly, it can sometimes negatively affect your window’s warranty. Window Nation only uses experienced, dedicated window installers, meaning their only task is to install windows. Click here to learn more about window installation completed by Window Nation and see why we are considered one of the best window replacement companies.

Custom Made Replacement Windows

Window Nation’s replacement windows are ‘made to order’. When you choose Window Nation, you don’t have to worry about whether or not your windows will fit. We take measurements and create the exact window needed for your home. This custom fit ensures a tight seal around the window and makes sure that the energy efficient benefits of choosing replacement windows make the biggest impact.

Improve Your Home with Replacement Windows

Still struggling with how to choose replacement windows for your home? Window Nation can help you answer any questions you still have. If you’re ready to bring in new windows to change the overall look and feel of your home, call Window Nation. Besides the aesthetic improvements replacement windows bring, you can rest assured that your new replacement windows will help keep the temperature inside your home comfortable and constant and decrease your energy bills! For more information on replacement windows, the installation process, or to learn more about how Window Nation has become the best window replacement company, please click here to complete our online form.