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Bay vs. Bow Windows: A Quick Comparison

Bay and bow windows are great options if you want to emphasize a beautiful view outside your home. But how do you choose between a bay and a bow window? Window installation expert Renewal by Andersen® of San Antonio shares some tips below.

Bay Windows

Bay windows are typically a combination of three or more windows that protrude outward from the wall. They can be installed in various projection angles such as 90, 135 and 150 degrees. Because bay windows protrude outside the wall, they create additional floor space that can be used for seating or other purposes. Bay windows would be perfect for you if you’re keen on increasing the usable space in a particular room. While they can work in any home style, they’re a particularly good fit for homes with a more contemporary style.

Bow Windows

One characteristic that distinguishes a bow window from a bay window is the shape. Bow windows usually are arranged in a half circle, while bay windows are more angular. Bow windows are also designed to protrude from the exterior walls, but they are typically made with four to six windows that form a graceful arch.

Bow windows are quite useful in opening up space, but they don’t extend your floor space in the same way that bay windows do. They are best known for their elegant appeal, making them an excellent choice for Victorian-style homes.

Renewal by Andersen of San Antonio offers a large selection of windows, ranging from sliding windows to picture windows. Call us at (210) 988-6466 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve homeowners in Boerne, San Antonio and Universal City, TX.


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