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What’s the difference between Bay and Bow Windows?

Bay and Bow Windows – What’s The Difference?

Bay and Bow Windows are one of the most popular options for a large opening – it adds depth to the interior and definition to the exterior.

4Bow

A 4-Lite Bow Window with Copper Roof

When considering a Bay/Bow the first question always asked is ‘What is the difference between Bay and Bow Windows?’

A Bay Window is typically made of 3 openings, with a picture window (fixed) in the center. Normally the angles of the opening are set at 15, 30 & 45 degrees – although custom angles are available.

3 Lite Bay

A classic 3-Lite Bay Window, with Casement Windows

A Bow Window can have numerous openings, typically from 3 – 6, equal sized windows with the overall shape of the unit curved (like a Bow).  Normally the flanker (end) windows will operate, with the rest fixed windows but any configuration is possible.

4 Lite bow

A classic 4-Section Bow Window\

Both  Bay and Bow Windows are wooden structures that hold windows and are built into the home.

Are All Bay & Bow Windows The Same?

No they’re not!  While the idea is the same, there are many differences between the ‘boxes’ that hold the Windows.  For example, Climate Solutions gets its boxes through Bayworld Mfg, a dedicated specialist in Bay, Bow & Garden construction.  They only use furniture grade wood that is 1 1/4″ thick, as opposed to the more common 3/4″ ply that other manufacturers use.

Bayworld Mullion

Structural Mullion

Plastic Mull

A cheap plastic mull can lead to structural problems

Another important part of a Bay or Bow Window is the mullion (or join) used between the windows.  Bayworld use only Structural Mullions, which are super strong and secure.  It is more common for manufacturers to use flimsier plastic mullions, which over time will allow movement in the unit.

Because of inferior products, Bay and Bow Windows can have a bad reputation for Energy Efficiency – but this is covered with insulation in the ‘seat’ of the box.

Seat insulation

Insulated Seat for Bay/Bow Windows

What Kind of Windows Can Go In Bay and Bow Windows?

The most common windows to feature in Bay and bow Windows are either Double-Hungs, Casements or Picture Windows.  The configuration of them is completely customizable.

6Lite Bow

A beautiful 6-Section Bow Window

For more information get in touch through our website or call into our office on 1.847.233.9800!

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Sloped Sill vs Pocket Sill

Sloped Sill vs Pocket Sill

At Climate Solutions Windows and Doors, the best vinyl window manufacturer in the Midwest, based in Chicago, we have built a reputation not only on the superior customer service but also the extremely high quality of the product that we build and sell. When it comes to sloped sill vs pocket sill we have the answers.

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Vinyl Picture Windows by Climate Solutions

Vinyl Picture Windows

Climate Solutions is a window manufacturer headquartered in the Chicagoland area, serving the Midwest supplying vinyl windows and doors across the region, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois among others.  This includes our awesome vinyl picture windows.

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Vinyl Fixed Windows by Climate Solutions

Fixed Windows

Climate Solutions is a window manufacturer headquartered in the Chicagoland area, serving the Midwest supplying vinyl windows and doors across the region, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois among others.  This includes our superb range of fixed windows.

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Transom and Sidelite Windows by Climate Solutions

Headquartered in the Chicagoland area, Climate Solutions is a window manufacturer serving the Midwest supplying vinyl windows and doors across the region, including Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota and Illinois amongst others.  This includes our super transom and sidelite windows.

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Double Hung Windows

As the premier vinyl window manufacturer in the Midwest, based in Chicago Climate Solutions is servicing a large area including Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota and Illinois and as far afield as Pennsylvania too.  Having spent the past decade carving out a reputation for superior service and quality of product in the field of vinyl windows and doors the company has started rapidly growing and expanding.

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