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

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

Architectural interest, more open rooms and classic style. That’s what a bay or bow window can bring to your Davenport home. While they offer similar features, each window type has their own exceptional strengths.

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

Similar Look with Big Differences

To the uninformed, bay windows and bow windows are nearly identical. They both extend outward from the walls of your home. And use a window opening to generate 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 windows.
  • A center 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 shape 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 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 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 a space.

Bay windows are less curved and more angular. That means they can extend further out from your home—and create some additional 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 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 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 necessarily a way to say which window style will be a decent fit for your budget without a quote.

Bow windows, however, can have a slightly higher price. That’s because they require more windows.

Even so, the team at Pella of Davenport 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 install.

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 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 house. Whether you’re looking 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 Davenport showroom or give our team a call at 563-202-8576. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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