Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which is Best for Your Shrewsbury Home?
Architectural interest, lighter rooms and incredible style. That’s what a bay or bow window can give to your Shrewsbury home. While they suggest similar features, each window type has their own unique strengths.
Pella of Shrewsbury can help you choose the best option for your home.
Similar Look with Big Differences
To the untrained eye, bay windows and bow windows are virtually identical. They both extend outward from the walls of your home. And use a window opening to create a spacious feel.
But with just a little know-how and training, any homeowner can distinguish a bay or bow window.
What are Bay Windows?
Bay windows have:
- Three or more windows.
- A center picture window that won’t open.
- Two venting windows on either side that are available in different styles.
What are Bow Windows?
Bow windows have:
- Four or more windows.
- A profile that’s less angular and more curved.
- Windows that can be immobile or operable, usually in any combination you’d choose.
Can You Open Bay Windows or Bow Windows?
Most times, venting windows on bay and bow models are casement windows. These hinged windows open outward.
Casement windows are a great 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 a great look and function to your home, there are three major differences that set them apart.
Because both window types add a three-dimensional component to your home, they can really open up a room.
Bay windows are less curved and more angular. That means they can extend further out from your home—and make 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 narrower bow window could be the better choice.
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 maximum amount of light, bow windows are a better fit for you. They’ll let you take advantage of different 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 decent fit for your budget without a quote.
Bow windows, however, can have a little higher price. That’s because they require more windows.
Even so, the team at Pella of Shrewsbury can help you select 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.
That means you’ll be able to choose from vinyl, fiberglass or wood windows, as well as many exterior colors. Plus, our windows offer a number of configurations of both bay and bow styles.
If you don’t find what you need in our made-to-order, ready-to-install options, don’t worry. At Pella, your options are nearly limitless.
We can help you build custom windows that are perfect for your home. Whether you’re hoping for a box bay window, double-hung windows, different glass options or a custom grille design, we can help.
Ready to see what a bay or bow window could do for your home? Stop into the Pella of Shrewsbury showroom or give our team a call at (508) 925-7149. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.