Are Bow Windows Outdated?
Bow and bay windows look stunning and are popular on rustic and older properties. They’re less commonly seen on new builds, but properties with them have a lot of curb appeal. Are bow windows outdated? Their popularity in the Northeast and Midwest suggests that they’re still as fashionable as ever.
Bay and bow windows are a style of window that features multiple panes. Bay windows usually feature three panes, forming a polygonal shape. Bay windows often have a small seating area in them, adding extra space to the room. Bow windows are bigger than bay windows and usually have four or five panes.
Bow windows have a gentler curve to them because of their larger size and additional panes. They let in even more natural light than bay windows, and they add more space to the room too. Bay windows are often associated with the English Renaissance period. They were popular because of the additional natural light they let into buildings. During this time period, indoor lighting options were limited.
Today, bay and bow windows are more commonly appreciated as a way of expanding a room slightly, creating extra seating or storage space in a property that’s otherwise limited in size.
Are Bow Windows Fashionable?
Bow windows are still fashionable, visually appealing, and highly sought-after by prospective buyers. It’s true, however, that this style of window is often viewed as not being energy efficient due to the extra glass presenting more surface area for heat to escape through.
But modern glazing technology can greatly improve the energy efficiency of this style of window. New frames, coatings, and double or triple glazed panes offer far higher performance than traditional designs.
Replacing Bow and Bay Windows
If you have bay or bow windows that are more than a decade old, it would be a wise move to replace them. Older windows may be poorly designed or incorrectly installed, leading to rotting wood and reduced energy performance.
Sun and moisture issues can lead to the interior seat becoming warped or damaged. Some older designs have poorly made handles or cranks that can stick or even fall off, leaving the owner unable to open or close the window.
Replacing an old wooden bow window with a more modern design, or even vinyl windows, is often the most cost-effective and efficient way of breathing new life into that area of the house. Bow window replacement can be quite affordable since the existing work of creating the space for the window has already been done.
Adding a New Bow Window to Your Home
The charm of bow windows is undeniable, but they’re something a lot of property developers overlook in favor of simple single or double-hung windows. If you’d love a little extra space in your living room or bedroom, perhaps for a reading nook or just somewhere to relax and watch the sunset, installing new bay windows is a good option.
Because of the size of bow windows and the number of panes involved in their construction, it’s important to have bow window replacement or installation carried out by professionals. At Thompson Creek, we offer a variety of bow window designs and sizes. We also offer other matching window designs and exterior doors, helping homeowners create a polished and consistent look and feel for their property.
Our bow windows use picture, double-hung, or casement windows joined together to create a beautiful curve. Windows can be made from obscure glass, tempered glass, triple glazing, or Sound Shield panes for maximum thermal and noise insulation. A thoughtful bow window design makes a stunning focal point for your living area.
If you’d like to know more about our windows and doors, fill out the contact form today to book a no-obligation consultation. Whether you’re looking for a standard design or something bespoke to match a period property, we’re here to help.