When you’re looking for a Victorian-era window to match your home, then you might be better served by either a bow or bay window. As you browse through the different designs in our catalog, you might wonder how these two windows differ and how can you put them to your advantage.
Renewal by Andersen® of Phoenix explains more below.
Openings and Windows
The best way to differentiate the two types is through their window count. A bay window will have a large center window and two side windows while the bow has, on average, at least four to five windows. The main window of the bay is a fixed picture glass combined with two flanking units, usually those that can be operated. The bow window glass is all made of the similar design and can either be opened or closed, depending on your requirements.
What makes these two distinctive from other windows is the angle they project outwards. A bay window has a larger angle of 25 degrees, while the bow window has a shallower one of about 10 degrees, making it great as a corner unit.
Style and Interior Effect
Though both window designs looks similar, a bay window is better suited to be installed in a modern home while the bow style can show off its appeal when used in a classic Victorian dwelling. In spite of this, however, both types can be used in either contemporary or traditional homes as long as the window openings can accommodate them.
Internally, however, these two styles can fulfill two different needs of your home. The bay window design allows for more room, giving you extra space that you can use for extra furniture and other needs. You can even use them as a reading nook, an outward-facing table, a bed or a storage area. The bow design, however, helps light up your home as it provides more access to sunlight. Its daylighting capabilities allow you to trim a bit off your electricity consumption by reducing your reliance on artificial lighting.
For your next window installation, the bay and bow windows are perfect for your needs. If you’re interested in other window styles we offer, call Renewal by Andersen of Phoenix at (602) 562-1176. We serve homeowners in Phoenix and Tempe, AZ.