Apr 23, 2024

Bay vs. Bow Windows

Enhance Your Twin Cities Curb Appeal with a Gorgeous Window Replacement

If you’re like many homeowners looking to update your property’s curb appeal and natural light, home window replacement is often a project that warrants serious attention.  During the research process, two window styles you are likely to repeatedly encounter are bay and bow windows.  Allow us to weigh in on the features, pros, and cons of each so that you’re able to make an educated decision that allows you to determine which style is the best fit for your home.

Bay Window

A bay window, much like picture windows, is comprised of a large inoperable window with smaller windows on each side that both open and close.  Bay windows are typically angled out at either a 45- or 90-degree angle.

Infinity Bay Window Picture Window and Double Hung Windows-Exterior View

Bow Window

A bow window is a curved window structure that normally includes at least four casement windows.

bow window installed on a Twin Cities home by Lindus

Architectural Considerations

Bay windows work well in modern homes because of their slanted lines and flat planes.  The half-circle exterior of a bow window works well in historic homes.  A unique feature of bow windows is that they can be wrapped around the corner of a home, allowing vantage points from two sides.

Natural Light

In the realm of natural light, bow windows permit a greater amount to filter through because they have a more sizable glass surface area and less framing than bay windows.

Space Considerations

The design of a bay window causes it to extend out further than a bow window, creating additional floor space.  It’s worth knowing that bay windows are comprised of only three panels, making it rare for them to be as wide as a bow window.

marvin infinity bay window installed by Lindus Construction


If the ability for fresh air to circulate throughout a room is a driving force, bay windows are preferable because they easily could host the components that allow them to open and close.  Bow windows can have the mechanisms that allow them to open and close, but many homeowners shy away from this option because it can take away from the windows’ aesthetics.

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Shelving & Storage

Both bay and bow windows win high marks with homeowners because of the storage capacities.  By their very design, they can be utilized for extra seating or displaying memorabilia without changing the footprint of a room.  It’s important to understand that bay windows protrude out further from a home, allowing for more floor and seating space.


Between the two window styles, bow windows tend to be the pricier option.  This is because each unit contains more windows.

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Window Installation Reviews:

"Jake did a great job of understanding my needs for a piano window that needed replacement. His team followed his plan."

Bonnie B.
Minneapolis, MN
April 17, 2024

Over the past few years we have used Lindus to complete several projects on our house including windows, decking, gutters, and insulation.  Lindus provides not only quality products and workmanship but also has been very responsive to follow-up needs. We wholeheartedly recommend Lindus."

Steve & Diane R.
New Hope, MN
March 29, 2024

"The new window that was installed in the lower family room is beautiful.  Everything your team did with respect to the install of both windows and patio door has been exemplary.  I could not be happier with the results.  Your team members were respectful, professional, and fun to visit with.  The city inspector has already come and gone and signed off on both permits.  He found everything to be top-notch."

Carolyn K.
Maplewood, MN
March 28, 2024

"Lindus just finished up a full exterior remodel for my home. It was a great experience overall from start to finish and I appreciated the quality of workmanship of each of the teams. The materials and quality of work of the Lindus teams are what set them apart from other contractors in the Twin Cities. I would highly recommend Lindus for any of your home remodel or addition needs."

Brock T.
Richfield, MN
March 24, 2024

"Had to have an old garden window replaced. The crew showed up at the time they said they would be there time. Did an excellent job and thoroughly cleaned up the space both inside and outside. Would highly recommend this company and would use them for future projects when the time comes."

Jan G.
Minneapolis, MN
March 23, 2024

"We are extremely pleased with the work on the windows and the installers. The crew was very professional."

Don T.
Plymouth, MN
February 13, 2024
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