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Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which is Best for Your Indianapolis Home?

Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which is Best for Your Indianapolis Home?

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

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

Similar Look with Big Differences

To the uninformed, bay windows and bow windows are nearly 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 pick out a bay or bow window.

What are Bay Windows?

Bay windows have:

  • Three or more windows.
  • A center 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 immobile or operable, typically in any combination you’d prefer.

Can You Open Bay Windows or Bow Windows?

Most 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 beauty 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 a room.

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 a more trim bow window could be the solution.

2. Light

Both bay and bow windows add an incredible amount of light to your home. That’s a great addition for a modern 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 increased 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 decent 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 Indianapolis can help you choose 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 tons 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 virtually limitless.

We can help you build custom windows that are perfect for your house. Whether you’re hoping for a box bay window, double-hung windows, different glass options or a custom grille design, we can help.

Ready to see what a bay or bow window could do for your home? Stop into the Pella of Indianapolis showroom or give our team a call at 317-983-5922. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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