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

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

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

Pella of Boston can help you choose the best option for your space.

Similar Look with Huge Differences

To the uninitiated, 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 in your chosen style.

What are Bow Windows?

Bow windows have:

  • Four or more windows.
  • A shape that’s less angular and more curved.
  • Windows that can be fixed or operable, most likely 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 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 a couple differences that set them apart.

1. Space

Because both window types add a three-dimensional element 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 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 a more trim bow window could be the better choice.

2. Light

Both bay and bow windows add an incredible amount of light to your home. That’s a great benefit for a modern 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 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 better fit for your budget without a quote.

Bow windows, however, can have a little higher price. That’s because they are made from more windows.

Even so, the team at Pella of Boston 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 install.

There are a number of replacement windows to choose from—including offerings 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 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 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 Boston showroom or give our team a call at 781-239-1161. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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