This article is the sixth in a series of 15 articles where we “decode” some of the industry terms surrounding replacement windows. Stay tuned for upcoming posts that we hope will help educate San Diego homeowners and allow them to make more informed decisions.
A lot of people we come across in San Diego use the terms “Bay Window” and “Bow Window” interchangeably. This is understandable, given that the two window configurations are very similar. However, they are slightly different. In this segment of the “Decoding Replacement Window Language” series, we wanted to break down the difference, so you can decide which might be better for your San Diego home and which will give you the look you’re going for.
First of all, we should make it clear that bay and bow windows are not types or styles of windows, but rather a combination of several windows configured in a specific fashion. Here is what each setup entails:
Bay Windows Explained
A bay window is a combination of windows (typically three windows) that jut out from the exterior of your home. The center window will usually be a large picture window that doesn’t open or close, while the two side windows are smaller, operable windows, like single or double hung windows.
The inside angles of the three connecting window panels are usually 15, 30, or 45 degrees. A box bay window is a type of bay window in which the windows are configured at 90 degree angles.
Bow Windows Explained
A bow window is very similar to a bay window, in that it is a combination of windows that project out from the walls of your home. The difference is that instead of only three window units, a bow window will use four to six windows, and they are typically all the same size. This gives bow windows a much more rounded appearance than bay windows, which are more angular.
Advantages of Bay and Bow Windows
Many people use bay and bow windows to add architectural interest to their San Diego homes. Bow windows are especially used in more classic-style homes, such as Victorians, that have a large space available for windows. In a more modern style of home, it would be more common to use a bay window.
Bay and bow windows can also make a small room look larger, as it gives the room the appearance of having more square footage. They also give you a better view of the outdoors and let in additional sunlight.
Often, the area underneath bay and bow windows can be used for added seating. You could create a sunny sitting or reading nook, install a custom desk, or use the space to provide bench seating around a small dining table. Bay and Bow windows are great in living rooms, dining rooms, eat-in kitchens, as well as bedrooms.
If you have any additional questions about bay or bow windows, or are wondering if they would work in your San Diego home, you can contact our San Diego replacement window company.