Bow Windows

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). 

Energy Efficiency 

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.

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All Specialty Window Designs

Traditionally bay windows are a series of three window panels mulled together at an angle. An excellent means to increase counter space or provide a built-in window bench.

Bow windows are a series of four or more windows mulled together at customizable angles, giving the impression of a curve. Used to increase floor space in a room and enhance curb appeal.

Specialty windows available in curved, geometric or round shapes; most can be mulled to other standard windows.

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Vinyl Specialty Windows

Known for energy efficiency, durability and low maintenance, vinyl windows are the most commonly used window type in North America today.

  • Vinyl extrusions are formulated to withstand the harshest climates year after year and their multi-chambered design optimizes both strength and thermal efficiency.
  • Available in white or beige.

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Aluminum Clad Vinyl Specialty Windows

The elegance of aluminum-clad combined with the durability and low maintenance of vinyl.

  • Available in white or beige vinyl interior to match your colour scheme.
  • Fully extruded aluminum cladding available in twelve colours. Enhanced Colour Protection (ECP) – which utilizes acroflur paint, a Kynar® based coating – is added to darker colours to resist fading and chalking.
  • Designed for thermal performance equivalent to or in excess of traditional vinyl windows.

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Aluminum Clad Wood Specialty Windows

An update on the classic design of a wood window, aluminum-clad wood windows eliminate the need for exterior finishing and regular maintenance.

  • Heavy, impact-resistant extruded aluminum components.
  • 1-7/8” thick sash is industry leading in strength and aesthetics.
  • Reinforced frame corners with molded structural corner keys are injected with silicone to ensure durability and resistance against water and air infiltration.
  • Sash components connected with sealed and mechanically fastened mortise and tenon joints.
  • Interiors feature select stain grade Hem-Fir, precision machined to a smooth finish. Stain grade wood allows for ease of staining or painting.
  • Fully extruded aluminum cladding available in twelve colours. Enhanced Colour Protection (ECP) – which utilizes acroflur paint, a Kynar® based coating – is added to darker colours to resist fading and chalking.

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