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Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which Works for Your Washington DC Home?

Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which Works for Your Washington DC Home?

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

Pella of Washington DC can help you select the best option for your space.

Similar Look 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 pick out a bay or bow window.

What are Bay Windows?

Bay windows have:

  • 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 stationary or operable, most likely in any combination you’d choose.

Can You Open Bay Windows or Bow Windows?

Most 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 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 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 outside, a narrower 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 addition for a contemporary home.

If you’re searching 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 always a way to say which window style will be a good fit for your budget without a quote.

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

Even so, the team at Pella of Washington DC 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 a number 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 see 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 create custom windows that are perfect for your home. Whether you’re searching 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 Washington DC showroom or give our team a call at (202) 810-6799. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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