Architectural interest, lighter rooms and incredible style. That’s what a bay or bow window can give to your Muncie home. While they have similar benefits, each window type has their own exceptional strengths.
Pella of Muncie can help you select the best option for your home.
Similar Look with Distinctive Differences
To the uninitiated, bay windows and bow windows are nearly 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 knowledge and practice, any homeowner can distinguish 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 vary in style.
What are Bow Windows?
Bow windows have:
- Four or more windows.
- A silhouette that’s less angular and more curved.
- Windows that can be immobile 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 a great look and function to your home, there are three major differences that set them apart.
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, a a more trim bow window could be the better choice.
Both bay and bow windows add a significant amount of light to your home. That’s a great asset 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 different angles of light—due to their multiple frames.
Every window is different, so there’s not always 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 require more windows.
Even so, the team at Pella of Muncie 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 a number 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 choose 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 virtually limitless.
We can help you build custom windows that are perfect for your space. Whether you’re looking 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 Muncie showroom or give our team a call at 317-983-5642. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.