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Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which Works for Your Des Moines Home?

Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which Works for Your Des Moines Home?

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

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

Near-Identical Look with Distinctive Differences

To the uninformed, bay windows and bow windows are nearly 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 training, any homeowner can pick out a bay or bow window.

What are Bay Windows?

Bay windows have:

  • Three or more windows.
  • A center picture window that won’t open.
  • Two venting windows on either side in your chosen 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 fixed or operable, typically in any combination you’d like.

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 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 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 make some bonus 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 a significant amount of light to your home. That’s a great asset for a fashionable home.

If you’re searching 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 decent fit for your budget without a quote.

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

Even so, the team at Pella of Des Moines 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 install.

There are a number 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 pick 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 build custom windows that are perfect for your house. Whether you’re hoping 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 Des Moines showroom or give our team a call at 515-219-7723. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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