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.
Array of Configurations
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.