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Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which is Best for Your Gaithersburg Home?

Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which is Best for Your Gaithersburg Home?

Architectural interest, more open rooms and classic style. That’s what a bay or bow window can bring to your Gaithersburg home. While they suggest similar features, each window type has their own exceptional strengths.

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

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 knowledge and training, any homeowner can pick out a bay or bow window.

What are Bay Windows?

Bay windows have:

  • At least three windows.
  • A central picture window that can’t open.
  • Two venting windows on either side in your chosen style.

What are Bow Windows?

Bow windows have:

  • Four or more windows.
  • A shape that’s less angular and more curved.
  • Windows that can be immobile or operable, usually in any combination you’d choose.

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 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 beauty and function to your home, there are a few differences that set them apart.

1. Space

Because both window types add a three-dimensional factor 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 create 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 your home, a narrower bow window could be the answer.

2. Light

Both bay and bow windows add an incredible amount of light to your home. That’s a great asset for a fashionable 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 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 better 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 Gaithersburg 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 a number 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 multiple 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 make 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 help.

Ready to see what a bay or bow window could do for your home? Stop into the Pella of Gaithersburg showroom or give our team a call at 202-810-6722. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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