2018 Des Moines Homeowners Guide To
Thinking About Installing Bow Windows?
Here’s What You Should Know…
Bow windows are a type of bay window because they curve beyond the exterior of a wall (creating a “three-dimensional” effect) and form an interior bay area. But while a bay window consists of three windows (one large fixed window in the center and one smaller fixed or vented window on each side), a bow window contains three, four, or five equally-sized casement or fixed windows. This gives bow windows their unique “rounded” appearance that provides amazing curb appeal and natural light.
Bow Window Operation
Bow Window Operation
The operation of a bow window depends on the type of windows used to create it. If you choose fixed windows for your bow window, no operation is necessary. If you choose casement windows—which open outward from the side—you can open and close each individually to control the amount of ventilation.
Bow Window Uses
Des Moines homeowners often install bow windows for looks, ventilation, outdoor views, and natural light. Bow windows are unique in that they can be wrapped around corners to provide views from two different sides of the home. The bay area of a bow window makes a great read nook or place for decorations.
Bow Window Energy Efficiency
Because of today’s advanced thermal features, bow windows can be highly efficient. But the energy efficiency of a bow window also depends on the type of window being used. A bow window with fixed windows will be slightly more efficient than a bow window that uses casement windows, since fixed windows have an unbroken seal around the entire perimeter.
Want More Info About Bow Windows?
If you’re considering bow window installation in Des Moines, contact Zen Windows. We’ll provide you with the information you need, along with an accurate, zero-pressure online quote.
Explore Our Other Window & Door Guides
We want to make your project as easy as possible, so we’ve created succinct guides for the most popular types of windows and doors in Des Moines. Explore the links below to discover more about the specific window or door project you’re considering.
Des Moines Homeowners Guide To Windows:
- Awning Windows
- Bay Windows
- Bow Windows
- Casement Windows
- Double Hung Windows
- Picture Windows
- Slider Windows
Des Moines Homeowners Guide To Doors:
The “X” Factor:
At the end of the day, one thing can make or break your project: The company you choose to replace your windows.
Make sure any replacement window company in Des Moines has the following:
- Great online reviews
- Certified & experienced installers (not day laborers!)
- Proper licenses and insurance
- An involved owner
- Lifetime warranties
Hiring a company that checks all five of these boxes will all but ensure an excellent replacement window project for your home.