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Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which Works for Your Eau Claire Home?

Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which Works for Your Eau Claire Home?

Architectural interest, brighter rooms and incredible style. That’s what a bay or bow window can give to your Eau Claire home. While they suggest similar benefits, each window type has their own exceptional strengths.

Pella of Eau Claire can help you find the best option for your home.

Look-alikes with Huge Differences

To the untrained eye, bay windows and bow windows are virtually 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 information and practice, any homeowner can distinguish a bay or bow window.

What are Bay Windows?

Bay windows have:

  • Three or more windows.
  • A middle 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 fixed or operable, typically in any combination you’d like.

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 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 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 element 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 generate 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 out there, a a more trim 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 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 decent fit for your budget without a quote.

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

Even so, the team at Pella of Eau Claire 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 put in your home.

There are tons of replacement windows to choose from—including selections 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 multiple 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 virtually 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 do it.

Ready to see what a bay or bow window could do for your home? Stop into the Pella of Eau Claire showroom or give our team a call at 715-836-9301. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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