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

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

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

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

Similar Look 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 make a spacious feel.

But with just a little information and coaching, any homeowner can distinguish a bay or bow window.

What are Bay Windows?

Bay windows have:

  • At least three windows.
  • A middle 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 stationary or operable, typically 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 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 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 outside, a narrower 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 benefit for a modern home.

If you’re hoping 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 better 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 Rochester 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 pieces 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 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 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 Rochester showroom or give our team a call at 507-847-1060. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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