Bow Windows

The beauty and expansive views of a custom made bay or bow window is a wonderful option for your home. What’s the difference?

Bay Windows

Choose from an array of glass designs, size, and woodgrain interior colors in preserving your home’s classic look! Our bay windows provide a larger center picture window with your choice of double hung or casement windows on the ends. A choice of 30-degree or 45-degree angle is certain to give you the ideal seating area you desire. 

Bow Windows

Designed with stunning 3, 4, 5 or 6 equal sized sections, our bow windows give your room new dimension and symmetrical style. Select from a variety of colors, woodgrains and dynamic glass options to make your new bow window a backdrop of elegance in your favorite room. Bow windows are available in custom sizes and offer various combinations of ventilating double hungs or casements, and fixed picture units. 

Features & Benefits

  • High-quality seatboards, headboards and side panels are manufactured from furniture grade 1 1/8″ thick oak veneer plywood versus typical 3/4″ thick plywood. 
  • Interior surfaces of bay windows are also available with optional Pionite® laminates, which eliminate the need to paint or stain the bay’s interior, while also providing greater ease of maintenance and more durability. Pionite® surfaces are available in Painters White, Golden Oak, Provincial Oak, Colonial Cherry or Brazilian Pecan. 
  • An anti-water penetration system helps protect against unwanted water and moisture damage. This system protects your most precious investment your home. 

If you’re looking for a grand window that will serve as a focal point for your Minnesota home whether to bring sunlight into your living room or to supply your master bedroom with a breathtaking view both bay and bow windows are excellent choices.

Bay and bow windows are both compound window units that project outward from a home’s exterior wall. As such, both provide a feeling of spaciousness that can really help to open up a room with limited square footage. However, there are some differences between these two types of windows.

High-Performing Bay & Bow Windows

When it comes to replacement windows, Minnesota Rusco products are in a league of their own. Crafted with beauty, durability, and energy-efficiency in mind, Minnesota Rusco windows are built for all-around performance and come backed with an ironclad manufacturer’s warranty. So, whether you’re looking for bay windows or bow windows for your home or if you’re unsure of which style to go with and would like professional advice click here to locate a Minnesota Rusco Windows dealer in the Minneapolis, MN area. 

How Bay and Bow Windows Can Make a Small Room Look Larger

There are few things that can add grand architectural charm to your Minnesota home like a beautiful set of bay or bow windows. On the outside, they provide texture and dimension that will certainly catch the eyes of every passerby, and on the inside, they offer great views of your home’s surroundings as well as a feeling of more spaciousness. That’s right, bay and bow windows can help make small rooms feel larger. How? Because they are made up of multiple windows that are arranged in a way that creates a sense of openness. 

A bay window unit consists of three separate windows. Usually, the middle window is fixed while the windows on either side of it the flankers are operational, but this is not always the case. The flankers are installed at an angle usually 30- or 45-degrees and the whole bay window unit projects outward from the home’s exterior wall which creates a semi-hexagonal space on the inside known as a “bay”. If the configuration of the bay window goes all the way to the floor, this bay can serve as a small nook. Otherwise, if the bay is raised from the ground, it can serve as a storage surface or even a place to sit and gaze. 

Bow windows are similar to bay windows in that both are compound window units made up of multiple windows. However, while bay windows feature only three windows, bow windows can have four, five, six, or more individual windows. Also, while bay window units are semi-hexagonal, bow windows are more rounded. Nonetheless, this “wall of windows” effect that both bay and bow windows create can help to make a small room feel more spacious by letting in tons of natural light, providing panoramic vistas, and even creating a little recess where you can store things or sit and enjoy the view. 


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