Architectural interest, brighter rooms and classic style. That’s what a bay or bow window can bring to your Westerly home. While they have similar features, each window type has their own exceptional strengths.
Pella of Westerly can help you find the best option for your home.
Similar Look with Huge Differences
To the uninformed, bay windows and bow windows are virtually identical. They both extend outward from the walls of your home. And use a window opening to make a spacious feel.
But with just a little knowledge and coaching, any homeowner can distinguish a bay or bow window.
What are Bay Windows?
Bay windows have:
- At least three windows.
- A central picture window that won’t open.
- Two venting windows on either side in your chosen style.
What are Bow Windows?
Bow windows have:
- Four or more windows.
- A silhouette that’s less angular and more curved.
- Windows that can be stationary or operable, most likely in any combination you’d like.
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 an excellent 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 extra 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 out there, a a more trim bow window could be the answer.
Both bay and bow windows add a significant amount of light to your home. That’s a great benefit for a modern home.
If you’re looking for the most amount of light, bow windows are a better fit for you. They’ll let you take advantage of increased angles of light—due to their multiple frames.
Every window is different, so there’s not necessarily a way to say which window style will be a good fit for your budget without a quote.
Bow windows, however, can have a little higher price. That’s because they are made from more windows.
Even so, the team at Pella of Westerly 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 tons of replacement windows to choose from—including pieces 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 see what you need in our made-to-order, ready-to-install options, don’t worry. At Pella, your options are practically limitless.
We can help you build custom windows that are perfect for your space. Whether you’re searching 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 Westerly showroom or give our team a call at 401-315-7032. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.