Replacing old windows with bay or bow windows is one inexpensive way to add character to a Michigan home that doesn’t have a lot of curb appeal. Curved bow or angular bay windows can be used throughout your home although they are often used in the front of the home to improve the exterior look. Today’s energy-efficient windows also lower your heating and cooling bills. Another exciting thing about bay or bow windows is that they improve the appearance of the interior of your home as well as the exterior.
Understanding the differences
Some people wonder what the difference is between bay and bow energy-efficient windows. While a bay window has three openings, a bow window typically has four or five openings. A bay window can be described as a picture window in the middle with two smaller windows on either side, while a bow window is curved. If you want a rounded appearance on the outside of the home for curb appeal, you may lean toward the bow window.
Choosing the one for your home
Bay or bow windows can work great with a variety of different architectural styles. However, many homeowners prefer the contemporary bay windows for their modern homes. If you own a Michigan Victorian or vintage home, you may prefer the bow window.
Thinking about the interior
When it comes to the inside of your home, there are also differences between the bay and bow window. If you want a little more floor space, the bay windows may give you more space. Bay windows are not as wide as bow windows if you don’t have as much space. Another advantage of bow windows is the fact that they can wrap around the corner of a home, which also creates an interesting nook of interior space.
As far as bringing light into your home, the bow window has more glass panes and are generally wider, which means they will brighten up your space. However, for people with an office at the front of the home or smaller guest bedroom, a bay window is often what fits the space. Whether you choose bay or bow energy-efficient windows, you can have fun choosing from a variety of colors, glass types, hardware, grilles and insect screens. Just make sure you have your bay or bow windows professionally installed to protect the warranty and your home’s value.
At Renewal by Andersen Michigan, we offer a free consultation so you can choose the best replacement windows for your goals. For more information on energy-efficient windows and doors of any style, please contact us.