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

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

Architectural interest, more open rooms and timeless style. That’s what a bay or bow window can add to your South Portland home. While they offer similar shapes, each window type has their own exceptional strengths.

Pella of South Portland can help you select the best option for your home.

Similar Look 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 create 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:

  • At least three windows.
  • A central picture window that won’t open.
  • Two venting windows on either side that vary in style.

What are Bow Windows?

Bow windows have:

  • Four or more windows.
  • A profile that’s less angular and more curved.
  • Windows that can be immobile or operable, usually in any combination you’d prefer.

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 good 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 factor 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 make 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 solution.

2. Light

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

If you’re hoping for the most amount of light, bow windows are a better fit for you. They’ll let you take advantage of increased 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 slightly higher price. That’s because they require more windows.

Even so, the team at Pella of South Portland 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 put in your home.

There are tons 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 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 create custom windows that are perfect for your house. 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 South Portland showroom or give our team a call at 207-253-1856. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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