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Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which is Right for Your Northern Virginia Home?

Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which is Right for Your Northern Virginia Home?

Architectural interest, brighter rooms and classic style. That’s what a bay or bow window can bring to your Northern Virginia home. While they offer similar benefits, each window type has their own unique strengths.

Pella of Northern Virginia can help you find the best option for your space.

Similar Look with Huge Differences

To the untrained eye, bay windows and bow windows are virtually 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 distinguish a bay or bow window.

What are Bay Windows?

Bay windows have:

  • At least three windows.
  • A central picture window that can’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 fixed or operable, typically in any combination you’d like.

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 style and function to your home, there are a few differences that set them apart.

1. Space

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 generate some bonus 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 addition 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 more angles of light—due to their multiple frames.

3. Cost

Every window is different, so there’s not always a way to say which window style will be a decent 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 Northern Virginia 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 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 a number of configurations of both bay and bow styles.

If you don’t discover 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 make 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 be of service.

Ready to see what a bay or bow window could do for your home? Stop into the Pella of Northern Virginia showroom or give our team a call at 571-292-3519. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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