Looking to add style, light, and comfort to your home with one easy installation? You may want to consider either a bay window or bow window. These window styles are best known for their impressive size and architectural design, which lets more light in than traditional windows and provides an added layer of style to your home without major renovations.
Whether you want a bay window or bow window depends entirely on the size, style, and functionality you’d like your windows to have. Zen Windows has the answers you need to make an informed decision and create the living space of your dreams.
Contact us today by calling (614) 448-6920 for more information or to get your free online window replacement quote.
What Are Bay Windows?
Bay windows are typically constructed in a way that features a picture window at the center of the design, with two smaller windows angled on either side. The bay shelf protrudes outward and creates optional space that can be used for anything from a reading nook to the placement of choice indoor plants.
The Difference Between Bay & Bow Window Styles
There are many factors that differentiate a bay window from a bow window, and understanding these differences is crucial to selecting the best, most realistic option for your home. Here are the major differences between bay and bow windows:
- Construction: A bay window typically juts out from the house to form a square, hexagon, or octagon with the windows split into three segments. A bow window is a series of casement windows placed close together that form a gentle curve.
- Building: Since bay windows protrude from the home, you’ll need to ensure that the front of your home is far enough away from the property’s edge to avoid causing any problems upon construction. Bow windows require less building space and therefore pose less of an issue in regards to space and surrounding properties.
- Flooring: Bay windows will provide you with more floor space to display accent furniture or art pieces than bow windows. However, each is designed with the ability to incorporate boxed window seats—perfect for reading and enjoying the view.
- Light: Bow windows offer better natural lighting than bay windows because there are fewer architectural elements keeping the design together and blocking out sunlight.
- Ventilation: Bay windows typically operate like traditional windows since they are placed further apart and are therefore are able to maintain their structural and functional integrity. Bow windows, on the other hand, often don’t have the ability to open because of their unique shape, meaning less ventilation for your home when you need it.
The Zen Windows Difference
Having new bay windows installed in your home is never easier than with the professionals at Zen Windows. With our no-money-down guarantee, you can get started on your bay or bow window installation without making a down payment first. You only pay once the job is complete to your satisfaction—guaranteed!
When you choose Zen Windows for your home project, you’ll work directly with the owner and will receive the window manufacturer warranty as well as Zen Windows’ own warranty.
Bay Window FAQs
How long does it take to install bay windows?
After you make your bay window purchase, our team will place an order with our manufacturer to deliver your custom window. Your installation typically begins within 6-8 weeks, and your entire bay window installation can typically be completed within 1-2 days once your installation begins.
Are bay windows worth the cost?
Absolutely! Few styles add as much curb appeal and interior beauty to your home. One reason for the popularity of bay windows is the unrivaled views that bay windows offer. From aesthetics to energy efficiency, the benefits of bay windows make them a worthwhile investment.
What is the best window covering for a bay window?
Many homeowners dress bay windows with drapery panels, Roman blinds, or a valance. Consider pairing your bay window curtains or drapes with an accent pillow or seat cushion for your window seat.