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

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

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

Pella of Bloomington can help you select the best option for your space.

Similar Look with Big Differences

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

What are Bay Windows?

Bay windows have:

  • Three or more windows.
  • A center 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 profile that’s less angular and more curved.
  • Windows that can be fixed or operable, usually in any combination you’d prefer.

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 couple 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 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 better choice.

2. Light

Both bay and bow windows add an incredible amount of light to your home. That’s a great addition for a fashionable home.

If you’re searching 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 better 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 Bloomington can help you find 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 plenty 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 many 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 practically limitless.

We can help you make custom windows that are perfect for your space. 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 Bloomington showroom or give our team a call at 309-663-7132. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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