Bow windows

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Bow windows: features from 1-800-HANSONS

The delicate curved design makes an elegant statement and becomes the focal point of your room. Choose birch or oak framing and custom stain or paint to match the décor of your home.

Combine enhancements such as etched glass, light or dark oak wood grain finishes or internal grids to take your bow window to new artistic heights.

Smooth operator
Bow end vents open effortlessly to any position for added ventilation.

Steel threaded rod
Reinforced rod runs through bow window mullion for added strength and support.

True wood
11/4” Select oak or birch framing material can be stained or painted to match your decor.

Weather-tight construction
Commercial-grade sealant is applied inside and out for a weather-tight seal.

Never worry about a window replacement again. Guaranteed.

When you choose 1-800-HANSONS to protect your home’s exterior, you get a Lifetime Guarantee that’s unmatched in the industry.

If our windows get damaged or leak, we’ll fix them.

Fusion-welded bow windows from 1-800-HANSONS: the difference

For strength and better thermal performance our specially formulated vinyl allows us to fusion weld our windows at both the frame and the sash corners. The fusion welded window is stronger and more durable than an ordinary mechanically assembled sash.

Bow windows from 1-800-HANSONS are exceptionally energy-efficient, helping to lower your heating and cooling costs, increase the comfort of your home and even improve its resale value. And like all 1-800-HANSONS products, they are designed for a lifetime of performance and maintenance-freedom. Our Lifetime Guarantee is your assurance that we stand behind this promise.

What is a bow window?

Bow windows are the romantics of the architectural world. They originated in 18th century Europe when men still wore neck frills and women, bodices.

Their luxurious charm is synonymous with the English Renaissance, but they never go out of style. They’re some of the most eye-catching windows in the industry, so no wonder they’re the product of choice for homeowners who are trying to improve their curb appeal.

Bow windows are constructed in four or more panels that extend outward in an arched or segmented “bow.” They’re highly customizable.

If you want a double-hung aesthetic or wooden shutters, don’t be afraid to share your goals with your installation company. Bow windows are traditionally decorative, but you can certainly include operable windows in your design.


What’s the difference between bay and bow windows?

Bay windows typically have three frames. Bow windows have a gentler curve because they have four or more window frames.


What does a bow window cost?

The cost of your windows will rely on:

  • The materials you choose for your panels.
  • The number of panes you include.
  • Whether your windows are operable.
  • Which insulation options you choose.
  • The number of panels.


The degree of customization is a huge price driver. If your installer needs to order custom materials and craft an entirely new set of windows according to your desired dimensions, you’ll need to cover the additional labor and time.

Since higher-end designs require you to adjust your property’s surrounding structure, they can cost a little more. You’ll need to pay for drywall, siding repairs, and small roof adjustments.


Will bow windows make my house colder?

Bow windows are a potential entry point for hot and cold air, so insulation is one of the most important features you’ll need to address. Your glass variety, number of panels, and drywall selection will contribute enormously to your HVAC efficiency.

Bow windows are large with a wider frame profile, so consider multi-pane glass a necessity in tough-weather regions. You can improve your effect with clad wood or vinyl frames.


Which is better: double-hung or casement windows?

Casement window sashes open on a vertical hinge and crank handle. Their easy operation makes them a favorite among windows that are hard to reach, so it’s no surprise that they’re one of the most common choices in the bow window stakes. Casement windows can form a tight seal, keeping thermal energy at bay.

Double-hung windows are the most affordable of the pair, but their seal isn’t quite as snug. They slide upwards by hand and can be opened with a closed lower sash. If you have toddlers racing around your home, these are your windows of choice.

There is, of course, a third option: Installing bow windows that can’t be opened. If your design is tightly spaced, decorative windows might be best.


What style bow windows can I choose?

Bow windows can adapt to just about any aesthetic, but they’re best suited to Tudor and Colonial styles. Uncluttered, thick frames will give your home a contemporary aesthetic, while thin frames with small grids will add vintage cottage flare.

An arch will add formality. If you’re looking for a contemporary, clean look, casement windows are your go-to option. Double-hung bow windows tend to lend a traditional aesthetic to your architecture.

Bow windows can flood your home with natural light and add a sense of spaciousness. Since they’re larger than standard designs, they’re the perfect way to show off the natural vistas outside. If your home needs a makeover, they deserve a spot on your to-do list.

Why 1-800-HANSONS?

Bow window installation

These windows are very heavy, the hardest part is placing them. This project can generally be finished in a few hours.

First, a frame is built 2×4 boards. These are placed against the ceiling several feet back from where the actual window will be. The header can be made using the 2×8 lumber.

Next, an opening is made with a rough frame. The size of this depends on the size of the window. Double studs are used on each side of the header for better support.

Shims are used to level the window under the footboard. Extension jambs are nailed into the framing studs with 10 penny nails.

Flashing is installed to the sides and the bottom of the window on the outside. Poorly-installed flashing can increase the danger of leakage and other damage. Next, interior jambs are installed and then fiberglass insulation around the window.

The window still needs some finishing touches: interior trim or molding and window treatments.

Although this isn’t the easiest project, the result is really worth the effort, since bow windows can really look amazing and provide more light in your space.

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We’re ready to help transform your home with durable, energy-efficient products that can help protect your home, improve your comfort and save you money.

Our consultation includes:

  • Inspecting your home and gathering precise measurements
  • Displaying our best-in-class products and design options for you to choose from
  • Providing an immediate estimate and finance options to fit your budget


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