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

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

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

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

Near-Identical Look with Big Differences

To the uninformed, bay windows and bow windows are almost identical. They both extend outward from the walls of your home. And use a window opening to make a spacious feel.

But with just a little information and training, any homeowner can pick out a bay or bow window.

What are Bay Windows?

Bay windows have:

  • At least three windows.
  • A middle 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 immobile or operable, usually 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 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 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 a space.

Bay windows are less curved and more angular. That means they can extend further out from your home—and create 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 out there, a slimmer bow window could be the answer.

2. Light

Both bay and bow windows add an incredible amount of light to your home. That’s a great addition for a modern home.

If you’re searching for the maximum 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 decent 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 Kingston 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 go in your home.

There are a number 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 pick 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 find 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 make 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 do it.

Ready to see what a bay or bow window could do for your home? Stop into the Pella of Kingston showroom or give our team a call at 845-663-1025. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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