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Bay Windows vs. Bow Windows Guide | NEWPRO

Bay Windows vs. Bow Windows

Many New England homes have a feature window facing the street. It’s part of what gives the region its charm. The feature window is typically the largest window in the house. It is much wider than it is tall, and in most cases, it has several panels that form an arch that projects out from the wall.

They may look similar to the untrained eye, but there are differences between bay and bow windows. Read on to find out how to tell them apart and to learn about the benefits of replacing them.

vector image of a bay window - one center picture window, two windows on either sideBay Windows

The timeless bay window consists of three panels. Usually, the center window is a large picture window with smaller operable side windows. It’s a great choice for people who want to preserve the classic Victorian look of their home without sacrificing comfort. A bay window is a perfect spot for a window seat. It can also increase the amount of interior space.

When replacing their bay window, customers tend to ask for double-hung or casement-style side panels. Double-hung windows can be opened from the bottom or from the top to maximize airflow. Casement windows open with the turn of a swivel, making them easy to operate. NEWPRO offers many other styles to meet your home’s needs. 

A replacement bay window might be right for you if:

  • You already have a bay window and want to preserve your home’s original look
  • You love the Victorian-style look
  • You want energy-efficient windows to save on heating bills
  • You think a comfy reading nook sounds ideal


vector image of a bow window, which is comprised of 4 or more windows

Bow Windows

Bow windows look a lot like bay windows. The main difference is the number of window panes. While bay windows only have three, bow windows have four or more windows that project from the exterior wall. This results in a window with a more arched look. The more panels included, the more delicate the curve of your bow window. Just like with bay windows, a replacement bow window is fully customizable. NEWPRO can install double-hung, casement, or picture windows in accordance with your needs.

A replacement bow window might be right for you if:

  • You have a large window opening
  • You love a contemporary look
  • You want a panoramic view 
  • You are trying to create an airy space

What are the Benefits of Replacing or Installing a Bay or Bow Window?

Replacing your existing bow or bay window or installing a new one has many advantages. Window replacement costs should be seen as a very smart investment and one that will provide returns for years to come. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Curb appeal. A bay or bow window enhances the home’s exterior architectural style by adding a third dimension to the front of the house. A bay window adds character to a home’s façade.
  • Versatility. Bow and bay windows fit right into stately Victorian-style homes just as well as in modern homes. A bow window adds softness to a minimalist interior with angular lines. It can also be dressed up using window treatments.
  • Floor space. By projecting outward and letting in more natural light, three-dimensional windows make a living room feel more spacious. The extra space can become a cozy nook or a breakfast corner.
  • Fresh air. The dimensional shape adds depth to the opening, providing increased ventilation. With the right choice of windows, a bay or bow window can create a breezy interior.
  • Operability. Replacing your old bay or bow window gives you a range of options for how you want your windows to operate. You’ll be able to choose between a range of window styles.
  • Energy-efficiency. We build using modern materials that maximize your home’s energy savings. During the winter, bow and bay windows invite the sun to naturally warm your home while keeping out cold air. Homeowners will soon recoup window replacement costs from the money they save on bills.
  • Beauty. With many window styles to choose from, a new bay or bow window can become the focal point of the room.
  • Choice. NEWPRO offers the largest selection of specialty window options, stains, finishes, and accessories. Your dream window will include everything you’ve always wanted!

Curious about how it works? Check out this window installation video, in which NEWPRO removes a bow window and replaces it with a new construction bay window!

Bay to Bow Window Transformation


April 1, 2020
Bay Window, Bow Window, Window Installation, Windows,

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