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

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

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

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

Similar Look with Huge 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 make 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 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 immobile or operable, typically in any combination you’d choose.

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 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.

1. Space

Because both window types add a three-dimensional component 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 generate 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 your home, a slimmer bow window could be the solution.

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 looking for the most 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 necessarily a way to say which window style will be a better fit for your budget without a quote.

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

Even so, the team at Pella of Concord 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 go in your home.

There are tons 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 find what you need in our made-to-order, ready-to-install options, don’t worry. At Pella, your options are virtually 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 Concord showroom or give our team a call at 603-228-3352. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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