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Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which is Right for Your Beltsville Home?

Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which is Right for Your Beltsville Home?

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

Pella of Beltsville can help you select the best option for your home.

Look-alikes with Distinctive Differences

To the uninformed, bay windows and bow windows are nearly 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 training, 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 can’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 silhouette that’s less angular and more curved.
  • Windows that can be stationary or operable, most likely 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 a good 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.

1. Space

Because both window types add a three-dimensional factor 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 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 solution.

2. Light

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 more 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 Beltsville can help you choose 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 install.

There are a number 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 select 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 virtually limitless.

We can help you make custom windows that are perfect for your house. 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 Beltsville showroom or give our team a call at (301) 685-1715. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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