Bow Windows

Bow Windows that Are Completely Customizable and Energy Efficient

Bow windows are bay windows that are mounted on rounded frames. Like bay windows, bows extended outward to create additional space within a room. They are intended to provide a wider view of the outside, such as a garden or a panoramic back yard. While bays typically utilize three panels, bows usually require at least four to create the curved effect (although some bow designs use five or six panels, or “lites”).

Soft-Lite bow windows, like our bay windows, garden windows, and many other styles, are completely customizable and are among the most energy efficient in the industry. A bow window from Soft-Lite offers many of the same outstanding options as our bay windows, including:

  • Extra interior space and improved sunlight exposure for the room
  • Color choices from among our 17 standard exterior colors or by using our custom color matching system
  • A choice of several interior woodgrain finishes
  • Customized exterior roofing with shingles, copper, or aluminum
  • Threaded steel rods and a chain bracing system to eliminate the potential for sagging
  • Water leakage and air infiltration protection
  • A choice of picture, double-hung, or casement windows, or a combination of these styles, when creating the multi-panel bow window system
  • A selection of energy- efficient glass choices

Soft-Lite bow windows will change the appearance of just about any room in your home. To learn more about this classic style of window, contact a Soft-Lite dealer near you today.

Overview

bow-largeNo other windows can change the look and feel of a room like the Bay or Bow window. These windows come with a SuperSeat™ insulated seat board providing increased energy efficiency.

Array of Configurations

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Choose double hung or casement style windows in 10 degree, 15 degree, 30 degree or 45 degree three-window bays. Bow windows are available in 10 degree and 15 degree four-window, 10 degree five-window, or 10 degree six-window models.

1 1/2 inch Furniture Grade Hardwood Veneer Seat

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The interior face of our hardwood veneer lumber is hand-selected for book-matched seams with color and grain consistency and features no knots or glue lines. Each seat is whole-piece faced or minimally seamed for exceptional wood quality resulting in excellent stain and finish appearance.

Super Seat™

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Our exclusive Super Seat™ measures an impressive three inches in total thickness, consisting of a full 1 1/4 inch hardwood seatboard, Dow® polyisocyanurate high-density R9 foam board, plus a 3/4 inch exterior-grade ply fused into one base for the ultimate in structural and ?Best-in-Class? thermal performance.

Edge Banding

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An uncommon aesthetic enhancement, edge banding wraps and protects the revealed edges of the hardwood veneer for durable protection against moisture and to enhance the finished appearance of the installed unit.

ComfortFoam™

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Strategic main-frame and sash chambers are fully insulated with ComfortFoam™, an environmentally friendly CFC free foam insulation. ComfortFoam™ filled vinyl frames are superior in insulating properties to all other type of multi-chambered hollow Vinyl, fiberglass and solid wood windows.

Low-e Glass

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All of our bays and bows come with low-e glass with argon gas fill standard. Additional glass enhancements are available.

Solid Steel Threaded Rod Mulling

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Compare against lesser designs where mulling is little more than a capping with no structural function. This solid steel rod extends from above the units to its underside for total structural support. Two rods are included inside every bay or bow.

Fasteners

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Fastening methods vary widely among manufacturers. Countersunk weld nuts assure flush underside for smooth capping while the heavy-duty steel eyebolts function as strong links to the zero-sag chain support system.

Cable-Free Chain Support System

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Cables stretch under the stress of gravity over time and need to be adjusted to maintain support. Not true with chains. Our chain support system holds 1,600 pounds of weight and renders the need for old-fashioned underbracing obsolete.

Full Vinyl Capping and Wrap

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The Super Seat™ is capped permanently along its exposed outer edges by the same virgin vinyl used to make our windows. This system affords easy water run-off and created a beautiful finished look with no need for on-site caulk or glue.

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In general, the better a window's insulated glass package, the more energy savings and comfort it will provide. One caveat ... don't be fooled by the focus some manufacturers place on “R” factor by itself. According to the U.S. Department of Energy's Guide for Selecting Windows for Energy Efficiency, “The insulating value of an entire window can be very different from the glazing (glass package) alone. Instead, look at the certified NFRC “U” value for the entire window unit. The lower the “U” value the better the window will insulate. Industry standard is a “U” value of 0.30.

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When you chose a solid Soft-Lite color the "Solid" color runs deep. From the interior to the exterior of your home. Never worry about scratching the color off. It's impossible!

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Delta-E™ Reflective Exterior Foil Laminates are a step up from SureCoat in longevity. This style window is available with any Exterior Foil Laminate option.

Light Oak

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Medium Oak

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Cherry

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Brazilian Cherry

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The look of real wood without the problems of periodic varnishing or painting.

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Both of our grid styles come in all the interior and exterior colors of the windows. Your home will be completely color matched. All contour and flat grids are contained within the insulated glass. The grids stay dirt-free for a lifetime and the outside glass remains easy to clean. This style window is available with any Decorative Grid option.

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You can choose different grid patterns based on your preferences and your personal home design. Standard grid and contour grids are offered in a variety of options. Grid patterns may vary based on size and configuration of window. This style window is available with any Decorative Grid option.

Clear Glass
Low-E Glass
Solarban® SB-70XL

Solarban® SB-70XL® offers up to 94% of ultra-violet fade protection for your drapes and your enterior furnishings... more than any glass package available in windows today. Don't be misled by claims of so-called low-e packages that claim fade protection. Low-e glass may reduce fading slightly, but does not screen out any of the most damaging UV rays. See actual comparisons above and judge for yourself. Only SB-70XL stands the test of time.

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Provides support where the No-Sag chain support system cannot be used. This brace features a maintenance-free vinyl clad design that never needs painting and eliminates the jobsite fabrication of braces. It is pre-sized to fit the custom projection of each bay or bow.

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Our roofs are custom-built to precisely match your custom bay or bow. CNC design and factory assembly ensures perfect fit every time. Ready for your installer's shingle system. Each roof is also notched to accommodate our hanging chain support system.

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Kits are pre-cut and pre-shaped to fit your bay or bow. Tooled seam caps are used to secure each panel and eliminate the possibility of leaks. Available in 16 ounce real copper, or in 28 decorator Kynar® painted colors.

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A true work of art. Designer Architectural Glass allows your creative spirit to take flight. Each custom art piece is hand cut and hand leaded together, to your specifications, and sandwiched between sealed insulated glass. Glass colors, leading colors and design options, including true v-grooved glass, allow an almost unlimited range of choice for any taste or home style.

Almond

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Black

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Bronze

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Champagne

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Coastal Dune

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Colonial Ivory

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Forest Green

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Gray

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Rosewood

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Royal Brown

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Sandstone

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Sierra

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Terratone

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Wedgewood Blue

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Sure-Coat™ is available in 14 standard colors. Our color matching system allows us to custom match any color you choose. For a small fee we send your color sample to our World Class color supplier for a perfect match. Sure-Coat is warranted for 10 years and can be reapplied in the field anytime afterward.