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

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

Architectural interest, brighter rooms and classic style. That’s what a bay or bow window can bring to your St. Paul home. While they offer similar shapes, each window type has their own unique strengths.

Pella of St. Paul can help you find the best option for your home.

Similar Look with Huge Differences

To the uninitiated, bay windows and bow windows are almost 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 information and coaching, any homeowner can pick out 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 silhouette that’s less angular and more curved.
  • Windows that can be immobile or operable, typically 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 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 style 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 room.

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, a a more trim 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 asset for a fashionable home.

If you’re looking for the maximum 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 decent fit for your budget without a quote.

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

Even so, the team at Pella of St. Paul 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 install.

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 many configurations of both bay and bow styles.

If you don’t discover 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 build 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 St. Paul showroom or give our team a call at 651-213-9049. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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