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

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

Architectural interest, brighter rooms and timeless style. That’s what a bay or bow window can add to your Terre Haute home. While they offer similar features, each window type has their own special strengths.

Pella of Terre Haute can help you choose the best option for your house.

Near-Identical Look with Distinctive Differences

To the uninformed, bay windows and bow windows are virtually 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 know-how and training, 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 vary in 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, usually 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 couple differences that set them apart.

1. Space

Because both window types add a three-dimensional element 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 generate 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 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 asset for a contemporary home.

If you’re looking 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 better fit for your budget without a quote.

Bow windows, however, can have a little higher price. That’s because they need more windows.

Even so, the team at Pella of Terre Haute 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 go in your home.

There are tons 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 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 home. Whether you’re hoping 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 Terre Haute showroom or give our team a call at 812-234-0729. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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