Architectural interest, brighter rooms and incredible style. That’s what a bay or bow window can give to your Mt. Pleasant home. While they offer similar shapes, each window type has their own unique strengths.
Pella of Mt. Pleasant can help you select the best option for your space.
Similar Look with Big Differences
To the uninitiated, bay windows and bow windows are nearly 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 knowledge and training, any homeowner can see which is a bay or bow window.
What are Bay Windows?
Bay windows have:
- Three or more windows.
- A center 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 silhouette that’s less angular and more curved.
- Windows that can be fixed or operable, most likely in any combination you’d prefer.
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 style and function to your home, there are three major differences that set them apart.
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 create 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 solution.
Both bay and bow windows add a significant amount of light to your home. That’s a great asset 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 increased angles of light—due to their multiple frames.
Every window is different, so there’s not necessarily a way to say which window style will be a decent 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 Mt. Pleasant 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 go in your home.
There are a number of replacement windows to choose from—including pieces 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 nearly limitless.
We can help you create custom windows that are perfect for your space. 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 Mt. Pleasant showroom or give our team a call at 989-317-2558. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.