When replacing the windows on your home there plenty of choices to be made. What colors should you use on the trim and frames? Should you get decorative shutters? Should you choose dual- or triple-pane windows? One decision most homeowners have the most fun with is choosing the styles of windows to place throughout their home. One choice to consider is the bow window.
What are Bow Windows?
Bow windows are windows that protrude from the outside wall of a house. They usually have three to five openings, projected in different angles. They are also more curved than they are sharply angled – one way to tell them apart from bay windows, another kind of window which people often confuse for bow windows. Additionally, bay windows usually have only three openings.
Pros of bow windows
Bow windows are generally used, and most popular, in Victorian style homes. They add a sense of elegance and sophistication to any home and are often the most striking feature in a house that has them installed. They are especially ideal in homes that are spacious since they have more panels/openings. Also, because of the same reason, bow windows allow more natural light to enter your house.
Many homeowners choose to install bow windows in the corner of their homes, wrapping them around, and as a result, forming a turret-like shape on the outside. On the inside, this same corner can be made into a cozy and comfortable nook by adding a window seat with cushions and pillows.
Cons of bow windows
Perhaps, the major downside of bow windows is that they cannot be opened, in most cases, they are fixed, not allowing any fresh air to enter your home. If you want to be able to open your bow windows, then you will need to have it custom fabricated, which means more expenditure. So, if you have to stick to a budget, bow windows are probably not the best option for you.