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Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which One Is for You?

Are you looking for replacement windows for your home renovation project? If you are, you may have come across bay and bow windows in your research. These beautiful projection windows not only boost your home’s curb appeal but also add function to your living space. They efficiently circulate outside breezes and also provide plenty of daylight.  

Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which One Is for You?

To help you determine which type of window works best for your home, take the time to read this article from Renewal by Andersen® of Rapid City. In this post, we present the difference between bay and bow windows. 

Bay Windows

Unlike other windows, bay windows are not identified by the number of panes or the type of glass. Instead, this window style is a piece of architecture. Bay windows are a combination of three or more windows that angle out beyond the exterior wall. You may find angles in 90, 135, and 150 degrees, but there are plenty of types available. Since the window sticks outside the wall, you may enjoy an extended view as well as additional seating. 

While these windows are typically square, some triangular bay designs are made up of only two windows. Either way, if you want to increase your total floor space, a bay window is the ideal choice for your home as it can extend out from your wall. This type of window also works best for contemporary homes. 

Bow Windows

Many people often confuse bow windows with bay windows. Like bay windows, bow windows also extend beyond the exterior wall. However, instead of three sections, bow windows have four, five or even six. This style also creates a more circular, larger angle and looks a bit more sophisticated. 

For a quick and easy room addition, you may want to consider adding a window seat to bow windows as with bay windows. You can also use a bench seat for extra storage. Bow windows can be functional, but they are usually more about appearance. For one thing, they provide the illusion of making a room look more open and bigger than it actually is. If you want a window that opens up space and lets in more light, consider a bow window for your home. 

Regardless of which type of projection window you choose, you can be sure that it will add beauty and practicality to your home. Here at Renewal by Andersen of Rapid City, we make sure your window needs are met. Turn to our experts for window and door replacement services. To learn more, call us today at (605) 341-7831 or fill out our contact form to set an appointment. We proudly serve homeowners in Spearfish, SD, and the surrounding areas in South Dakota.


"We recently replaced all of the windows in our home. I was most impressed with the friendly staff who knew what I wanted before I did. They seemed to be able to find the perfect window for each one we replaced. We are very pleased with the result. From beginning to end they were professional and helpful. I would highly recommend Renewal by Anderson."

Sheila And Doug Cain
May 15

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