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

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

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

Pella of Portsmouth can help you choose the best option for your home.

Near-Identical Look with Big Differences

To the untrained eye, 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 knowledge and coaching, any homeowner can distinguish a bay or bow window.

What are Bay Windows?

Bay windows have:

  • Three or more windows.
  • A center picture window that won’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 stationary or operable, most likely in any combination you’d choose.

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 beauty 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 make 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 outside, a a more trim 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 benefit for a fashionable 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 more angles of light—due to their multiple frames.

3. Cost

Every window is different, so there’s not directly 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 are made from more windows.

Even so, the team at Pella of Portsmouth 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 plenty 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 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 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 build 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 be of service.

Ready to see what a bay or bow window could do for your home? Stop into the Pella of Portsmouth showroom or give our team a call at 603-427-0677. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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