Architectural interest, lighter rooms and timeless style. That’s what a bay or bow window can add to your Charlotte home. While they suggest similar features, each window type has their own unique strengths.
Pella of Charlotte can help you choose the best option for your space.
Near-Identical Look with Distinctive 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 make a spacious feel.
But with just a little information and practice, any homeowner can pick out a bay or bow window.
What are Bay Windows?
Bay windows have:
- Three windows.
- A middle 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, 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 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 style and function to your home, there are three major differences that set them apart.
Because both window types add a three-dimensional element to your home, they can really open up an area.
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 out there, 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 addition for a fashionable 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 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 good fit for your budget without a quote.
Bow windows, however, can have a slightly higher price. That’s because they require more windows.
Even so, the team at Pella of Charlotte 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 select 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 practically limitless.
We can help you build custom windows that are perfect for your house. Whether you’re hoping 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 Charlotte showroom or give our team a call at 704-228-9149. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.