Bow windows aren’t only great for added light and ventilation: Their impressive style and ability to house a window seat or accent furniture also bring a layer of sophistication to your home’s architectural design. While bow windows are a type of bay window, their design is slightly different, and depending on your home’s other structural elements, one may be better suited for you than the other.
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What Are Bow Windows?
Composed of four to six windows, bow windows project from the home’s exterior in a curved shape. This curved appearance is what distinguishes a bow window from a bay window: Because bow windows have more glass panes, they are able to achieve a gradual curve rather than the octagonal or hexagonal shape of bay windows. Bay windows protrude farther from the home than bow windows do. The structural design of your home, such as its proximity to the property line and its overhang, may determine for you whether a bay or bow window is your best option.
Bow Windows Pros & Cons
Adding bow windows to your home not only provides sophistication and elegance, but it also increases the market value of your home. Their profile is slimmer than the bay window, making it a better option for homes that are too close to sidewalks or have an unsupportive structural design for bay windows. Because bow windows are made up of four to six windows, they let in more natural light. Enjoy unobstructed panoramic views from the comfort of your window seat—an additional boon to bow window installation.
If increased ventilation is a must for your project, however, you may want to consider other window options. The complex design of the bow window makes it less likely that there will be operable windows that allow for ventilation. Moreover, because bow windows are made with more glass and take up more space, they are much more expensive to install or replace than bay windows.
Zen Windows Installation & Replacement
Installing or replacing bow windows in your home is made simple when you consult with the experts at Zen Windows. We don’t believe in using salespeople to convert inquiries into customers. Enjoy a no-pressure conversation with a Zen Windows owner and take advantage of our no-money-down, double warranty guarantee. Let us help make your home more beautiful with our professional bow window installation team.
Bow Window FAQS
Are bow windows energy-efficient?
Because of today’s advanced thermal features, bow windows can be highly efficient. But the energy efficiency of a bow window also depends on the type of window being used. A bow window with fixed windows will be slightly more efficient than a bow window that uses casement windows since fixed windows have an unbroken seal around the entire perimeter.
How do bow windows operate?
The operation of a bow window depends on the type of windows used to create it. If you choose fixed windows for your bow window, there’s no operation necessary. If you choose casement windows, which open outward from the side, you can open and close each individually to control the amount of ventilation.
Why should I choose to install bow windows?
Homeowners often install bow windows for looks, ventilation, outdoor views, and natural light. Bow windows are unique in that they can be wrapped around corners to provide views from two different sides of the home.