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

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

Architectural interest, lighter rooms and incredible style. That’s what a bay or bow window can give to your Victoria home. While they offer similar features, each window type has their own special strengths.

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

Similar Look with Big 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 generate a spacious feel.

But with just a little knowledge and training, any homeowner can pick out 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 profile that’s less angular and more curved.
  • Windows that can be fixed 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 couple 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 space.

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 out there, a narrower bow window could be the better choice.

2. Light

Both bay and bow windows add a good amount of light to your home. That’s a great benefit for a modern 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 increased 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 decent fit for your budget without a quote.

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

Even so, the team at Pella of Victoria 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 pieces from our Architect Series®, Pella Lifestyle Series, Pella Impervia® and Encompass by Pella® lines.

That means you’ll be able to pick 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 nearly limitless.

We can help you build custom windows that are perfect for your space. Whether you’re hoping for a box bay window, double-hung windows, different glass options or a custom grille design, we can help.

Ready to see what a bay or bow window could do for your home? Stop into the Pella of Victoria showroom or give our team a call at 250-475-1277. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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