Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which is Right for Your Kelowna Home?
Architectural interest, lighter rooms and incredible style. That’s what a bay or bow window can give to your Kelowna home. While they have similar benefits, each window type has their own special strengths.
Pella of Kelowna can help you choose the best option for your home.
Look-alikes with Huge Differences
To the uninitiated, bay windows and bow windows are virtually 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 information and coaching, any homeowner can pick out a bay or bow window.
What are Bay Windows?
Bay windows have:
- Three windows.
- A center picture window that can’t open.
- Two venting windows on either side that vary in 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, most likely in any combination you’d prefer.
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 an excellent 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 a great look and function to your home, there are a few differences that set them apart.
Because both window types add a three-dimensional factor 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 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 narrower bow window could be the better choice.
Both bay and bow windows add a good amount of light to your home. That’s a great addition for a modern 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.
Every window is different, so there’s not directly a way to say which window style will be a good fit for your budget without a quote.
Bow windows, however, can have a bit higher price. That’s because they need more windows.
Even so, the team at Pella of Kelowna 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 put in your home.
That means you’ll be able to pick 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 find 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 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 Kelowna showroom or give our team a call at 250-863-7902. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.