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

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

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

Pella of Calgary can help you select the best option for your house.

Near-Identical Look with Distinctive Differences

To the untrained eye, 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 know-how and practice, any homeowner can pick out a bay or bow window.

What are Bay Windows?

Bay windows have:

  • Three or more windows.
  • A central picture window that doesn’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 stationary or operable, typically in any combination you’d prefer.

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 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 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 component 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 out there, a slimmer 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 benefit for a fashionable home.

If you’re hoping for the maximum 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 need more windows.

Even so, the team at Pella of Calgary 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 put in your home.

There are plenty 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 choose from vinyl, fiberglass or wood windows, as well as many exterior colors. Plus, our windows offer a number of 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 house. Whether you’re searching for a box bay window, double-hung windows, different glass options or a custom grille design, we can do it.

Ready to see what a bay or bow window could do for your home? Stop into the Pella of Calgary showroom or give our team a call at 403-681-6363. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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