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Window Types - Bay or Bow Type Windows

Bay Type Window
Bay Window
Bow Type Window
Bow Window

Bay Window Details:

Bay windows are a multi-panel window which projects beyond the outside wall of a home. They are usually made of a center window which is parallel to an existing wall and two other windows that connect the wall to the center window. Because bay windows extend beyond wall of the home they are good at making a small space appear larger and more welcoming.

While the center window is most commonly a fixed (or picture) type the other windows may also be fixed or may open to offer ventilation to the room. Casement and double hung windows are most commonly used as the ’flankers’ for the center window but a variety of options are available. Bay windows are excellent at bringing light into a room and offer a much wider view from inside the home. Additionally, they offer a stylish addition to the outside view of the home.

Bay Window Details:

Bow windows are similar to bay windows but they tend to have more panels (commonly four or five) that are a consistent size. By having more panels the bow window gives a semi circular, or ’bow’, look. Any of the windows may be fixed or operable windows, depending on desired ventilation.

Bay/Bow Window Considerations

When deciding between fixed and operable windows for your bay/bow window you may want to consider.

  • Fixed windows will insulate and seal better, making them more energy efficient.
  • Operable windows will allow for ventilation into the room.
  • Fixed windows will offer a better view, there is no sash or hardware to get in the way.

If you choosing between types of operable windows keep in mind:

  • Casements offer fuller ventilation when opened.
  • Casements offer a better seal when closed.
  • Double hung windows will not obstruct any outside walkways or plants that might be outside your bay/bow window.

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