Architectural interest, brighter rooms and incredible style. That’s what a bay or bow window can give to your North Carolina home. While they offer similar benefits, each window type has their own unique strengths.
Pella of North Carolina can help you select the best option for your house.
Look-alikes with Big Differences
To the uninitiated, bay windows and bow windows are virtually identical. They both extend outward from the walls of your home. And use a window opening to generate a spacious feel.
But with just a little know-how and practice, any homeowner can distinguish a bay or bow window.
What are Bay Windows?
Bay windows have:
- At least three windows.
- A middle picture window that can’t open.
- Two venting windows on either side in your chosen style.
What are Bow Windows?
Bow windows have:
- Four or more windows.
- A shape that’s less angular and more curved.
- Windows that can be immobile or operable, typically in any combination you’d choose.
Can You Open Bay Windows or Bow Windows?
A lot of times, venting windows on bay and bow models are casement windows. These hinged windows open outward.
Casement windows are a good choice for energy efficiency. According the U.S. Department of Energy, casement windows leak less air than single-hung windows.
What’s the Difference?
While both styles bring beauty and function to your home, there are a few differences that set them apart.
Because both window types add a three-dimensional element to your home, they can really open up a space.
Bay windows are less curved and more angular. That means they can extend further out from your home—and create some additional space in the process.
If you’re looking to add a cozy reading nook, a bay window might be the way to go. But if you don’t have the space to spare outside, a slimmer bow window could be the solution.
Both bay and bow windows add a significant amount of light to your home. That’s a great asset for a fashionable home.
If you’re searching for the most amount of light, bow windows are a better fit for you. They’ll let you take advantage of more angles of light—due to their multiple frames.
Every window is different, so there’s not directly a way to say which window style will be a better fit for your budget without a quote.
Bow windows, however, can have a slightly higher price. That’s because they are made from more windows.
Even so, the team at Pella of North Carolina can help you find a window that works for your style and budget.
Choose from Custom or Ready-to-Install Pella® Windows
At Pella, many of our bay and bow windows are ready to put in your home.
There are plenty of replacement windows to choose from—including selections from our Architect Series®, Pella Lifestyle Series, Pella Impervia® and Encompass by Pella® lines.
That means you’ll be able to choose from vinyl, fiberglass or wood windows, as well as many exterior colors. Plus, our windows offer multiple configurations of both bay and bow styles.
If you don’t discover what you need in our made-to-order, ready-to-install options, don’t worry. At Pella, your options are virtually limitless.
We can help you create custom windows that are perfect for your home. Whether you’re looking for a box bay window, double-hung windows, different glass options or a custom grille design, we can be of service.
Ready to see what a bay or bow window could do for your home? Stop into the Pella of North Carolina showroom or give our team a call at 866-539-4196. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.