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

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

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

Pella of Timonium can help you find the best option for your space.

Look-alikes with Distinctive Differences

To the untrained eye, bay windows and bow windows are nearly 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 know-how 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 central picture window that can’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 immobile 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 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 style and function to your home, there are three major differences that set them apart.

1. Space

Because both window types add a three-dimensional element 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 your home, a slimmer bow window could be the answer.

2. Light

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

If you’re hoping for the ultimate 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 always a way to say which window style will be a better fit for your budget without a quote.

Bow windows, however, can have a bit higher price. That’s because they are made from more windows.

Even so, the team at Pella of Timonium 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 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 choose 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 make custom windows that are perfect for your home. Whether you’re searching 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 Timonium showroom or give our team a call at 301-354-3633. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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