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Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which Works for Your Wilmington Home?

Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which Works for Your Wilmington Home?

Architectural interest, brighter rooms and classic style. That’s what a bay or bow window can bring to your Wilmington home. While they offer similar benefits, each window type has their own unique strengths.

Pella of Wilmington 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 make a spacious feel.

But with just a little know-how and practice, any homeowner can pick out 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 that are available in different styles.

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 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 couple differences that set them apart.

1. Space

Because both window types add a three-dimensional factor 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 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 outside, a a more trim bow window could be the answer.

2. Light

Both bay and bow windows add a significant amount of light to your home. That’s a great addition for a contemporary home.

If you’re hoping for the ultimate 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.

3. Cost

Every window is different, so there’s not always a way to say which window style will be a better fit for your budget without a quote.

Bow windows, however, can have a bit higher price. That’s because they need more windows.

Even so, the team at Pella of Wilmington 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 go in your home.

There are plenty 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 many 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 nearly limitless.

We can help you create custom windows that are perfect for your house. Whether you’re searching 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 Wilmington showroom or give our team a call at 910-218-9596. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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