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Posted on Aug 22, 2018 by Sam Heer

Bay and Bow Windows: Adding Curb Appeal

Both the bow and the bay window are popular windows for many homes, especially the more classic ones such as the Craftsman and Tudor styles. They’re not only vintage window choices, though, as even modern and contemporary homes can benefit greatly from these two unique window styles.

In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois discusses how these two windows contribute to the aesthetics of your house and more.

Bow and Bay: Which is Which?

The two have a similar appearance, but there are a few specific details that differentiate these two styles. The bay window has three window openings: a large picture window bordered by two smaller ones, usually casement or double-hung windows. This style juts out of the wall.

Bow windows have a more curved appearance, as their name suggests, and typically have four to five windows of the same size. Since they curve, they only slightly jut out from the wall.

An Extra Exterior Detail

Both the bay and bow windows add extra detail to your home’s exterior. Specifically, since they jut out from the walls, they add some depth and extra detail to the property’s exterior walls. This gives them more prominence when you look at them from the curb, and they sit well with the classic exterior of older homes.

For modern and contemporary homes, which are typically characterized by simple aesthetics, the bow or bay window adds depth and detail to an otherwise ordinary exterior wall.

Extra Space

Bow and bay windows are more than just an attractive detail. Since they protrude from the walls, you can actually use the frame area as an extra sitting nook or a place for decorations or collections. This extra space subtly extends the living space of the room, making it appear more spacious than it really is.

At Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois, our replacement windows are made with high-quality frame materials and energy-efficient glass. We custom fit your new windows so that they add lasting value to your home. Call us today at (866) 693-6707 to learn more about our services. We offer high-quality replacement windows in Bloomington, Champaign and Galesburg, IL.


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