Bow windows are composed of four or more windows, and form one large, curved window that extends outward from the home. This curve forms a semi-circle, and is ideal for a viewing space.They are also known for their ability to trap heat and serve as a focal point for the exterior design of the house, while simultaneously possessing the unique ability to wrap around corners for a look that will be the envy of the entire block. Since they protrude outward into the yard, they also possess a unique ability to provide fresh air circulation when opened.
Benefits of Bow Windows
- More Exterior Light
- Warmth Retention
- Large, beautiful windows
- Strong ROI
Bow Windows are custom-made to ensure the perfect fit and style and come with a stainable birch or oak seat that can match the décor of the room, and are available with Double Hung and Casement Windows. One unique feature of bow windows is their Super-G warm edge spacer system – this keeps the window glass edges warmer than the traditional aluminum spacers, which means that your home’s temperature is more consistent and comfortable. Implementing glass panes into your bow windows with glazing, a good SHGC rating, and a solid U-Factor can ultimately improve energy efficiency for your home as well.
Bow vs. Bay Windows
Bow and Bay windows are some of the most design friendly and aesthetic styles available for a homeowner, and they’re commonly compared. Both windows extend outward from the home helping to maximize interior space, while also providing a unique exterior aesthetic. They both admit more exterior light than your average window, and provide picturesque views for a homeowner.
However, while the two window styles may be similar aesthetically, they hold some important differences. Bay windows, for example, are composed of three windows, while bow windows, are composed of four or more. This curve in a bow window forms a semicircle, and is ideal for an interior viewing space or design accent. This semi circle provides homeowners with that unique ability to wrap around corners, a feature that bay windows aren’t able to accommodate. Bow windows are also known for letting in even more exterior light than bay windows are as well.
So if you’re looking for a picturesque, cornerstone design element, then bow windows are the way to go. Plus, they often feature the most amount of glass, meaning if you install energy efficient glass packages with optimal U-factor, VT, and air leakage ratings, you can expect to see consistent and impactful returns on that monthly energy bill. Furthermore, following ENERGY STAR’s map for SHGC ratings by climate can ensure your bow windows are optimized for your home.
Why Builders and Remodelers?
Builders & Remodelers has been in the window business for over 70 years in MN, providing outstanding, high quality products and pairing them with our professional, versatile and experienced installation teams. In our time serving the MN community, we have satisfied over 40,000 homeowners while simultaneously providing the most energy-efficient and maintenance free exterior modeling options in the Twin Cities area. Our easy financing program means no money down and no payment for up to 12 months, while our range of products means we have the options you’re looking for. Contact us today for a free consultation to get started.