Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which Works for Your Edmonton Home?
Architectural interest, brighter rooms and classic style. That’s what a bay or bow window can bring to your Edmonton home. While they suggest similar shapes, each window type has their own special strengths.
Pella of Edmonton can help you find the best option for your house.
Look-alikes with Big Differences
To the uninformed, 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 know-how 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 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, typically 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 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.
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 extra 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 solution.
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 different 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 good fit for your budget without a quote.
Bow windows, however, can have a little higher price. That’s because they require more windows.
Even so, the team at Pella of Edmonton 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 install.
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 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 Edmonton showroom or give our team a call at 780-439-9344. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.