Architectural interest, more open rooms and classic style. That’s what a bay or bow window can bring to your Kalamazoo home. While they suggest similar shapes, each window type has their own special strengths.
Pella of Kalamazoo can help you find the best option for your space.
Look-alikes with Big Differences
To the untrained eye, bay windows and bow windows are almost 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 information 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 can’t open.
- Two venting windows on either side that vary in 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 stationary or operable, typically in any combination you’d prefer.
Can You Open Bay Windows or Bow Windows?
Many 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 a great look and function to your home, there are a few differences that set them apart.
Because both window types add a three-dimensional component 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 generate 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 out there, a narrower bow window could be the answer.
Both bay and bow windows add a good amount of light to your home. That’s a great benefit for a contemporary home.
If you’re looking for the ultimate 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 always 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 Kalamazoo 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.
There are tons 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 pick 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 make custom windows that are perfect for your space. Whether you’re looking 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 Kalamazoo showroom or give our team a call at 269-215-4157. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.