Bow Window Servicesin Grand Rapids
- Replacement: Are your bow windows beginning to quiver? Replace them today with new energy-efficient windows and add value to your home.
- Installation: Looking to add some natural light to your living room? We can install bow windows in a place they weren’t before. All we need is enough space outside the home (this means you may need to remove bushes or other items in the way.)
Note: At this time, we do not offer window repair.
What is a Bow Window?
Bow windows combine fixed and operable windows to create a curve beyond the exterior wall. By design, bow windows maximize interior space by protruding outward and giving the look of a bigger room. With fewer angular lines than a bay window, bow windows combine 4 or more windows for a panoramic view.
Bow windows are wider than bay windows, so they work best in exterior walls or corners with 80 inches or more of space. Bow windows are popular in traditional and Victorian homes.
Bow Windows vs. Bay Windows
|Feature||Bow Windows||Bay Windows|
|Shape||Curved or polygonal||Rectangular or polygonal|
|Number of Panels||Usually 4-5 panels||Usually 3 panels|
|Angle||Slightly curved||Angled at 30-45|
|Size||Typically smaller than bay windows||Can be larger than bow windows|
|View||Offers a wide field of view||Offers a wide field of view|
|Ventilation||Typically less ventilation than bay windows||Can offer more ventilation options than bow windows|
|Installation||More complex installation due to the curved shape||Easier installation due to angular shape|
|Cost||Generally less expensive than bay windows||Generally more expensive than bow windows|
|Style||Often used in modern or contemporary designs||Often used in traditional or classic designs|
|Functionality||Adds visual interest and natural light, but may not provide much usable space||Can provide additional seating or storage space|
5 Popular Bow Window Styles
- Four-lite bow window: This type of bow window features four individual windows, typically arranged in a curved pattern. Each window can be opened individually for ventilation.
- Five-lite bow window: Similar to the four-lite bow window, the five-lite version features five individual windows arranged in a curved pattern. This type of bow window provides additional natural light and views.
- Sash bow window: This type of bow window features a series of double-hung or single-hung windows in a curved pattern. This style can be opened and closed like traditional windows.
- Casement bow window: This type of bow window features a series of casement windows that are hinged on one side and swing open like doors. Casement windows offer a larger opening for improved ventilation.
- Custom bow window: Custom bow windows are designed and built to fit specific spaces. This style comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, including rectangular, oval or polygonal shapes. They can be made with various types of windows, such as fixed, operable or a combination of both.
How much do bow windows cost?
Bow windows cost $3,900 - $9,000 for a three-window setup and $4,700 - $9,900 for a four-window setup. Costs vary depending on the structure of the home and the type of windows being installed.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are bow windows?
Bow windows are a type of bay window and consist of four or more window units. Bow windows are angled to create a curved shape.
What is the purpose of a bow window?
Bow windows add natural light and enhance the aesthetic of a home. Their curved shape allows for a panoramic view and allows more natural light to enter the room. They also add extra space to the room and can be used as a seating area or a display area.
Are bow windows energy efficient?
The energy efficiency of a bow window depends on the type of glazing, weather-stripping and other features used. Double-paned, Low-E coated glass is a great option for energy efficiency.
How much do bow windows cost?
The cost of a bow window depends on the size, style and materials used. On average, bow windows cost between $3,900 and $9,900.
Can bow windows be used to create a window seat?
Yes, bow windows can be used to create a window seat by building a bench or seating area below the window.