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

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

Architectural interest, more open rooms and timeless style. That’s what a bay or bow window can add to your Nashville home. While they have similar benefits, each window type has their own unique strengths.

Pella of Nashville can help you choose the best option for your home.

Look-alikes with Huge Differences

To the uninitiated, bay windows and bow windows are nearly 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 know-how and practice, any homeowner can see which is a bay or bow window.

What are Bay Windows?

Bay windows have:

  • At least three windows.
  • A central 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 silhouette that’s less angular and more curved.
  • Windows that can be stationary or operable, typically 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 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 factor to your home, they can really open up a space.

Bay windows are less curved and more angular. That means they can extend further out from your home—and create 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, a narrower bow window could be the answer.

2. Light

Both bay and bow windows add a good amount of light to your home. That’s a great asset for a contemporary home.

If you’re looking for the maximum 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 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 Nashville 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 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 practically limitless.

We can help you build custom windows that are perfect for your house. 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 Nashville showroom or give our team a call at 615-348-8786. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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