The graceful beauty of a bow window can add plenty of curb appeal to the exterior of your home. Much like bay windows, bow windows curve outward from the wall of your home, offering more sunlight through increased glass space and more room inside the house as well. While bay windows are typically made of three windows that are constructed together at an angle, bow windows are typically made of five. The lines are long and smooth, curving out from your home like a bow.
This elegant line can add visual interest to any facade. The interior of the window is often used as a shelf for plants, a place to showcase eye-catching items or a seat for birdwatching or reading. This feature is popular in both new construction and old house remodels.
Brands, styles, colors and more
Typical sizes for these windows range from 3-1/2 feet to 10-1/2 feet, though custom options can be created to fit any sized opening you desire. The style can be customized to match the existing windows in your home. The options for colors are virtually endless; you can opt for the colors offered by the manufacturer, or go with wood, which allows you to paint and stain the window any color you please.
Though most bow windows are made of wood or vinyl, other materials can be used, including steel, fiberglass or aluminum. Most are available as double-pane insulated windows. Almost all reputable window manufacturers offer bow windows, including Marvin, Pella and Anderson.
Bow windows can be very energy-efficient
Look for the Energy Star seal to determine how energy efficient they are. Do a bit of research before you buy to ensure that the ratings on the label match what you need for the your area. For example, your requirements for windows installed in a home in the northeast will be very different than the best options for windows installed in the dry southwest. Doing your homework before you begin talking with manufacturers can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
What should you pay for a bow window?
Bow windows are comparable in price to bay windows. Expect to pay between $800 and $2,000 for the standard, but keep in mind that a larger size or custom options can drive that price up to anywhere between $2,500 to $7,000 or more. Installation can add anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand to your bottom line, depending upon how extensive the work must be. Bow windows that fit into existing openings will be cheaper to install than those that require a larger window area or construction to reinforce the area.
How to get started
When you have narrowed down the materials, color and style of your bow windows, it's time to speak with an expert about installation. Our handy form can put you in contact with professionals who can guide you through the purchase and installation of your new windows.