Architectural interest, brighter rooms and classic style. That’s what a bay or bow window can bring to your Syracuse home. While they suggest similar benefits, each window type has their own exceptional strengths.
Pella of Syracuse can help you choose the best option for your home.
Look-alikes 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 make a spacious feel.
But with just a little information and training, 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 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 immobile or operable, usually in any combination you’d choose.
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 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 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 outside, a a more trim bow window could be the answer.
Both bay and bow windows add an incredible amount of light to your home. That’s a great benefit for a contemporary home.
If you’re looking for the maximum 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 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 little higher price. That’s because they need more windows.
Even so, the team at Pella of Syracuse 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.
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 many 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 create 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 Syracuse showroom or give our team a call at 315-565-0399. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.