Bay windows, bow windows, and greenhouse windows enhance the interior and exterior of many homes. All of these window styles create usable space in a room by extending beyond the wall of the house, while also letting in large amounts of sunlight and view.
Greenhouse Window Installation
Greenhouse windows are rectangular-shaped boxes with glass on three sides and the top. The open side of the box faces into the room. The most common sizes are approximately 3 to 4 feet wide, 3 feet high, and 16 inches deep.
The greenhouse window sill projects outside the wall of the house, letting light into the box from three sides and the top, making this type of window a great addition in a kitchen for growing small pots of herbs, salad greens, and other small plants.
Bay Window Installation
Bay windows are often used in living and dining rooms, although they can also add elegance and style to a bedroom or study. A bay window can extend from floor to ceiling or can pop out into a window seat without floor space.
Whether it includes floor space or a window seat, a bay window is surrounded by three window panes set at 25-degree angles to each other. The central panel is larger than the two side panes. Side windows often open and close.
Bow Window Installation
Bow windows resemble bay windows except they have four or five panes of glass, usually set at about a 10-degree angle to one another.
Bow windows are the most elegant looking of these window styles and can give a building a traditional type of appearance. The gentle curve of the glass panes provides a more dramatic view on both the inside and outside of the home. Bow windows involve the most extensive work to install.