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Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which is Best for Your Lewes Home?

Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which is Best for Your Lewes Home?

Architectural interest, brighter rooms and incredible style. That’s what a bay or bow window can give to your Lewes home. While they have similar benefits, each window type has their own exceptional strengths.

Pella of Lewes can help you choose the best option for your house.

Near-Identical Look with Distinctive Differences

To the uninitiated, 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 coaching, any homeowner can see which is a bay or bow window.

What are Bay Windows?

Bay windows have:

  • Three or more windows.
  • A middle picture window that won’t open.
  • Two venting windows on either side in your chosen style.

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, typically in any combination you’d like.

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 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 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 better choice.

2. Light

Both bay and bow windows add an incredible amount of light to your home. That’s a great asset for a contemporary 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 directly 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 Lewes 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 put in your home.

There are tons 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 select from vinyl, fiberglass or wood windows, as well as many exterior colors. Plus, our windows offer multiple 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 practically limitless.

We can help you create 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 be of service.

Ready to see what a bay or bow window could do for your home? Stop into the Pella of Lewes showroom or give our team a call at 302-257-5544. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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