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

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

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

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

Near-Identical Look with Big Differences

To the uninitiated, 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 knowledge and training, any homeowner can distinguish a bay or bow window.

What are Bay Windows?

Bay windows have:

  • Three windows.
  • A middle picture window that can’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 shape that’s less angular and more curved.
  • Windows that can be stationary or operable, most likely in any combination you’d like.

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 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 make 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 a more trim bow window could be the solution.

2. Light

Both bay and bow windows add a significant amount of light to your home. That’s a great addition for a modern 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 directly a way to say which window style will be a good 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 Mankato 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 selections 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 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 home. 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 Mankato showroom or give our team a call at 507-625-6933. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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