What Are The Differences Between Bay And Bow Windows?
Although they are quite similar, there are many differences between bay and bow windows. Bay windows are composed of three different sized windows; a centre window and two surrounding smaller windows.
The smaller windows that surround the centre one are called flankers and are placed at at 30 to 40 degree angle from the wall, are double hung and provide the structure with ample ventilation. The centre window, because it is the largest, will give you unobstructed view.
On the other hand, bow windows are made up of three to six windows that are the same size. Because the windows don’t differ in size, bow windows appear curved unlike the bay version which is angled more sharply. Bow windows can include casements and be double or single hung. They offer the same type of ventilation as bay windows and although there is no centre window with an unobstructed view, you can still see clearly out of bow windows.