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

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

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

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

Similar 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 create 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 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, most likely in any combination you’d prefer.

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 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 style and function to your home, there are a few differences that set them apart.

1. Space

Because both window types add a three-dimensional component to your home, they can really open up a space.

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 your home, a narrower bow window could be the answer.

2. Light

Both bay and bow windows add an incredible amount of light to your home. That’s a great asset for a modern 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 increased 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 decent fit for your budget without a quote.

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

Even so, the team at Pella of Baton Rouge 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 go in your home.

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 a number of 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 nearly limitless.

We can help you create 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 Baton Rouge showroom or give our team a call at (877) 680-9334. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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