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

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

Architectural interest, lighter rooms and incredible style. That’s what a bay or bow window can give to your El Paso home. While they have similar shapes, each window type has their own unique strengths.

Pella of El Paso can help you find the best option for your house.

Look-alikes with Distinctive 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 make a spacious feel.

But with just a little information and training, any homeowner can pick out a bay or bow window.

What are Bay Windows?

Bay windows have:

  • At least three windows.
  • A center picture window that won’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 choose.

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 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 an area.

Bay windows are less curved and more angular. That means they can extend further out from your home—and make 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 outside, a slimmer 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 benefit 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 more 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 slightly higher price. That’s because they require more windows.

Even so, the team at Pella of El Paso can help you find 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 plenty 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 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 virtually limitless.

We can help you create custom windows that are perfect for your home. Whether you’re looking 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 El Paso showroom or give our team a call at 915-213-1497. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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