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Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which is Best for Your Roanoke Home?

Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which is Best for Your Roanoke Home?

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

Pella of Roanoke can help you select the best option for your house.

Look-alikes 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 create a spacious feel.

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

What are Bay Windows?

Bay windows have:

  • Three or more windows.
  • A central 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 silhouette that’s less angular and more curved.
  • Windows that can be stationary or operable, typically in any combination you’d prefer.

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 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 space.

Bay windows are less curved and more angular. That means they can extend further out from your home—and generate 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 your home, a a more trim 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 modern 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 necessarily a way to say which window style will be a better fit for your budget without a quote.

Bow windows, however, can have a slightly higher price. That’s because they require more windows.

Even so, the team at Pella of Roanoke 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 put in your home.

There are plenty 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 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 virtually limitless.

We can help you build custom windows that are perfect for your home. Whether you’re hoping for a box bay window, double-hung windows, different glass options or a custom grille design, we can do it.

Ready to see what a bay or bow window could do for your home? Stop into the Pella of Roanoke showroom or give our team a call at 540-466-1918. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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