Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which is Best for Your Jackson Home?
Architectural interest, more open rooms and classic style. That’s what a bay or bow window can bring to your Jackson home. While they have similar shapes, each window type has their own special strengths.
Pella of Jackson can help you find the best option for your home.
Similar Look with Distinctive Differences
To the untrained eye, bay windows and bow windows are nearly identical. They both extend outward from the walls of your home. And use a window opening to generate a spacious feel.
But with just a little knowledge and coaching, any homeowner can pick out a bay or bow window.
What are Bay Windows?
Bay windows have:
- Three or more windows.
- A middle 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 profile that’s less angular and more curved.
- Windows that can be fixed or operable, typically in any combination you’d like.
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 a great 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 three major differences that set them apart.
Because both window types add a three-dimensional component 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 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 outside your home, a narrower bow window could be the solution.
Both bay and bow windows add a good amount of light to your home. That’s a great asset for a contemporary 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 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 are made from more windows.
Even so, the team at Pella of Jackson 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.
That means you’ll be able to choose 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 practically limitless.
We can help you build custom windows that are perfect for your home. 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 Jackson showroom or give our team a call at 307-733-0535. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.