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Posted on Dec 26, 2016 by Sam Heer

Similarities and Differences of Bow and Bay Windows

Bow and bay replacement windows in Peoria, IL, are ideal choices if you’re looking into expanding interior space in your home. They’re also great in allowing more sunlight into your home or if you want to add style to your home’s exterior. Nevertheless, what makes them different from one another?

Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois discusses the difference between bow and bay windows.

The Differences

A bay window has three openings that project out of your home on an angle. They also consist of a picture window flanked by two smaller windows. Contemporary bay windows’ angular lines and flat panes make a perfect complement to the elements found in a modern-style home. They also project farther from your home, adding more available space in your home as compared with bow windows.

Meanwhile, bow windows often have four or five window openings. These windows also project out of your home in a graceful arc. The semi-circular outer structure of bow windows in Peoria, IL, makes a perfect fit for Victorian-style homes. As they feature more windows, bow windows allow more daylight in your home.

The Similarities

Our bow and bay windows feature our exclusive Fibrex® frame composite material, which has the classic beauty and twice the strength of wood, coupled with the low-maintenance features of vinyl. This allows for the creation of sleek frames for a larger glass surface area, letting you enjoy more sunlight and a bigger view of the outdoors. Furthermore, they are resistant to fading, rotting, warping, and corrosion, ensuring long-lasting performance.

In addition, they come with High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass to reduce the amount of heat that enters and leaves your home. Meanwhile, our window installation in Champaign, IL, involves the application of insulating foam and quality seals to ensure your windows are airtight. Our windows are sure to make your home cozier, lessening your reliance on your HVAC units for more energy savings.

Our windows also come with customization options that will add beauty to your home. Choose from a wide range of interior and exterior colors, finishes, and window grille patterns, for a unique look.

The Ideal Areas

Given the space-saving features of bay and bow windows, they make for ideal additions to these areas of your home:

  • Living Room – Add breathing room to the area by installing bow and bay windows. You can also transform the available space into a reading or working area.
  • Kitchen – Enjoy your meal as these windows provide a larger outdoor view and a brighter kitchen atmosphere.
  • Master Bedroom – Waking up to a beautiful view of the outdoors is a great day to start your day. With our bow and bay windows, you’ll surely appreciate more sunlight and a nice view of the surrounding landscape.

Let Renewal by Andersen of Central Illinois provide you with bow and bay windows that will add functionality and beauty to your home. Call us today at (866) 693-6707for a FREE estimate.


"I would recommend RBA of Central Illinois for QUALITY windows and doors. Compared to our old cheap, thin vinyl windows, Andersen blows them away. You can easily tell by how well the sliding doors fit and close, and how heavy duty they are. We also cannot hear the wind rushing through the house in inclement weather anymore! And the black window frames we went with are amazing to look at. Aaron, Al, Darrell, and Cory all were professional and went all out to finish the job, given the weather they had to deal with. I would definitely recommend. They were also on top of communicating with me given the weather delays, and what I could expect for them coming out. Five stars!"

Eric L.

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