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

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

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

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

Similar Look with Huge 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 generate a spacious feel.

But with just a little information and practice, any homeowner can distinguish a bay or bow window.

What are Bay Windows?

Bay windows have:

  • At least three windows.
  • A middle picture window that doesn’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 profile that’s less angular and more curved.
  • Windows that can be stationary or operable, usually in any combination you’d like.

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 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 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 space.

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 outside, a narrower 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 asset 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.

3. Cost

Every window is different, so there’s not directly a way to say which window style will be a decent 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 Southern Pines 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 install.

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 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 practically limitless.

We can help you create 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 Southern Pines showroom or give our team a call at 910-444-0729. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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