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

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

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

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

Near-Identical Look with Distinctive Differences

To the uninformed, 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 information and practice, any homeowner can pick out a bay or bow window.

What are Bay Windows?

Bay windows have:

  • At least three windows.
  • A middle picture window that doesn’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 profile that’s less angular and more curved.
  • Windows that can be immobile or operable, most likely 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 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 an area.

Bay windows are less curved and more angular. That means they can extend further out from your home—and make 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 your home, a a more trim 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 searching for the most amount of light, bow windows are a better fit for you. They’ll let you take advantage of different angles of light—due to their multiple frames.

3. Cost

Every window is different, so there’s not always a way to say which window style will be a good 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 Lafayette 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 install.

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 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 make custom windows that are perfect for your space. Whether you’re hoping 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 Lafayette showroom or give our team a call at 317-983-5804. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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