Bow windows are actually a combination of 5 different windows designed to create a rounded arch. This window style can be made up of a variety of window types, like single hung windows or casement windows. Unlike bay windows, this window design has a more curved appearance since it’s made up of more separate windows.
This style is designed to create space by projecting beyond the exterior wall of a building, and provide a wider view of your outside property. These windows can be found on any level of a building and are an easy way to open up a room.
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Window Style at a Glance
Bow windows offer a lot of flexibility, not only with combinations of window types but also placement. They can be wrapped around the corner of a building, forming a unique turret shape on the outside and an enticing nook on the inside. This option also allows for a view from two sides of the home.
- Bow windows have 5 windows that make up the design.
- The structure is curved, creating a rounded appearance on the outside of the home.
- Sometimes called ‘five-lite bow’.
- The semi-circular outer structure of these windows may this an idea style for Victorian or heritage homes.
- Bow windows frequently allow more light to come into the room since they have more glass panes than bay windows.
Pro and Cons of Bow Windows
At first glance, bay or bow windows look quite similar. However both designs have different pros and cons.
Pros of Bow Windows:
- Narrow exterior profile.
- Elegant appearance.
- Brightens a room with more natural light.
- Provides a panoramic view.
Cons of Bow Windows:
- Creates less interior floor space than a bay window does
- More complicated and expensive to install.
The Cost of a Bow Window Installation
Bow windows run approximately 2.5 times the cost of a similar flat window with the same-sized opening. That because this style of window isn’t a single window.
In addition, the installation of a bow window is more complex than that of a bay. This window style is going to be wider than bay simply as a result of the number of windows (bay windows can be as small as a medium size picture window).
At one time, the design structure of a bow window would be cause for concern as bow windows protrude outside of the main walls of a home. However, if you’re investing in replacement windows with Energy Star, Low-E windows, you are likely to save on heating and cooling costs despite the larger surface area.