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Why Add a Bay or Bow Window to Your Home

Looking for ways to help your home stand out? A bay or bow window is a surefire way to do it!

These windows are designed to add classic charm to any home, along with a variety of other benefits we’ll discuss below.

But first, let’s talk about what bay and bow windows are and how to choose the right one for your home.

The Difference Between Bay and Bow Windows

The shape and style of these two types of windows are very similar, but they do have a key difference: the number of windows in each one.

Bay windows have 3 openings or window panels, often with a larger window in the middle and two smaller windows angled on either side. They allow in more natural light than other window styles and the extra space created inside of your home by the angled windows allow you to create a shelf or seating area. (If you’ve ever dreamed of having a window seat, bay windows are for you!)

Bow windows are larger, with 4-6 window panels, which are typically all the same size. More window panels creates a smoother semi-circle appearance on the outside of the home and allows in even more natural light. Bow windows are most often seen in Victorian-era architecture, or buildings inspired by that era, but they look beautiful in any home.

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Should I Choose a Bay or Bow Window?

With those differences in mind, which one is right for your home? There is no right or wrong answer!

Both are great choices, but it’s important to remember that bow windows require more space, so if you have a smaller opening, you’ll probably want to choose a bay window. Bay windows also tend to cost less than bow windows, simply because they are made up of fewer window panels.

During your free in-home estimate, your Window World consultant will help you determine which style is right for your home and your budget.

4 Reasons to Add a Bay or Bow Window to Your Home

1. Bay & Bow Windows Can Make Small Rooms Look Larger

If you have room that is a little more cramped than you’d like, consider adding a bay or bow window. The expanded glass space will make the room look and feel larger, while the angled windows adds functional space on the interior of your home.

2. This Style Creates Extra Room for Storage or Seating

Because bay and bow windows are angled or semi-circular, they naturally create extra space inside. Many homeowners choose to add a window seat, which adds unmatched charm to any home. Who hasn’t dreamed of having a reading nook in a window?

In addition to seating, the extra space is perfect for your indoor plants, but it can be used for storage. Whether you choose to add shelves or a storage seat that opens with a lift-top, you’ll love the extra room!

Bay and bow window showcases winterscape from dining room.

3. Bay and Bow Windows Add to Your Home’s Value

While updating your windows adds to your home’s value, regardless of the style you choose, bay and bow windows tend to add even more value. The amount that one of these windows adds to your Huntsville home will vary based on your home’s size and existing value.

And it’s not just the charm of a bay or bow window that adds to the value! When you install these types of windows, the square footage of your home increases, which allows you to add more to your asking price. And when you choose ENERGY STAR windows, like the ones manufactured by Window World of Huntsville, your home value will increase even more.

4. You’ll Enjoy Maximum Natural Light

With 3-6 window panels, it’s hard to find a style of window that brings in more natural light than bay or bow windows. And because the window panels are angled, you’ll get sunlight from multiple angles. The extra light brightens up your home and can even improve your mood!

Beautify Your Huntsville Home With Bay & Bow Windows

If you’re ready to add charm and beauty to your home, we’re here to help you make the upgrade. Get started by requesting your free in-home estimate today!

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