Bow Windows

Bow windows from Big City Windows and Doors is a great way to add charm and function to your home. If you are asking the question "what is a bow window?", we have some information to share.

The basic bow window configuration includes a series of at least four windows of the same size. Rather than forming sharp lines, the windows angled by 10° or 15°, creating a curve that flows gracefully from one side to the other. The softer lines do a lot to add style and elegance to the room while doing the same for the exterior.

Many homeowners and architects use bay or bow windows as a way to increase visual appeal and to serve the practical tasks of increasing natural light into space and providing a little more footage. While bay windows tend to project outward a little more, the bow design provides a softer and more rounded look. That helps to offset some of the severe lines found in many rooms.

Interior designers are also enthusiasts of bow style windows. That's because they help create focal points in rooms while allowing for a more panoramic view of the outside. By using single or double hung sashes that open, you can also control how much of a breeze you allow into space.

Our team at Big City has a lot of experience with creating customized windows of this type. Like all our windows, they are made using the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. Let's talk more about what these windows Ottawa would do for your home.

Bow Windows? What They Will Add To Your Home!

Many people wonder if there is any real difference between bow windows and bay windows. In fact, there are several. While you may not think bay windows are right for your home, it pays to consider the benefits that the bow window design has to offer. Here are some of the benefits that will come your way.

The Illusion of More Space

One of the benefits of going with a bow window design is that you get the appearance of a little more space inside each room. At the same time, there is only a little bit of protrusion along the outside wall. When there is not a lot of space to use outside the window but you still want to make the room seem more expansive, this approach will do the trick.

A Stylish Addition

A bow window in a room provides you with one more architectural element that makes it easier to create the look you want. This design lends itself easily to a number of different window treatment options. You can make the treatment as simple or as ornate as you like and still ensure the window itself adds something extra to the space.

Enhancing the Flow of Natural Light

You may think that a plate glass window would let in the most amount of light but that's not necessarily the case. Because of the slight curve found with most designs for bow windows in Ottawa, it's actually easier to enjoy the maximum amount of natural light any time of the day. The series of smaller panes that compose the window increase refraction and actually provide greater natural illumination.

Contact us today and arrange for one of our professionals to tell you more about the benefits of bow window designs. Our team at Big City Windows will work with you to develop a custom look that is perfect for your home. Once you approve the design, our team will work with you to arrange for an installation date and ensure the finished product is exactly what you had in mind.

Colour Options

  • Sandalwood

  • Brown

  • Normandy

  • White

  • Ivory

  • Sandstone

  • Classic Burgundy

  • Dark Bronze

  • Fiddelehead Green

  • Black Iron

  • Peal Green

  • Twany Rose

  • Dark Beige

  • Brick Red

  • Stone Harbour

  • Deep Royal Blue

  • Barren Plain

  • Sandy White

Big City's Colours and Options for Bow Windows

When you order bow windows from Big City, we'll build them to your exact specifications. The design may include double or single hung windows with fixed or movable sashes. Casement windows can also be included in the design. You'll find that the basic designs in our Classic, Heritage, or Heritage Maximum Collections provide the basis for the window style and elements.

When it comes to colours, we offer 18 basic hues for your consideration. All of our paint colours are formulated to hold up well to the elements. That means you won't experience chipping, fading, and other common issues. We also only use paint that's kind to the environment.

Our Capstock Colour options are also worth considering. the colour is extruded right along with the substrate UPVS profile that we use. This creates a one of a kind material that coats completely and provides exceptional performance in terms of retaining the original colour, resisting scratches, and maintaining the same gloss level from year to year.

Hardware and Your New Bow Windows

As you are considering different bow window design ideas, don't overlook the importance of the hardware. Depending on the look you want for those new windows, the hardware could be the perfect accent touch. At the same time, the hardware provides practical benefits you will enjoy for years.

Our standard hardware will take care of basic needs. For something more ornamental as well as functional, take a look at our Premium Hardware system. We use stainless steel for all our hardware, ensuring you have the best in durability, appearance, and function. Choose from eight different finishes to ensure that the hardware provides the perfect visual addition to your new windows.

On to the Glazing: Getting to Know Big City's Solar Solutions

That new vinyl bow window design must include the highest quality of glass. Without it, you won't get all the benefits that come with energy efficient windows. At Big City, we have the perfect solution: our Solar Solutions.

This approach makes it easier to enjoy the best in energy efficiency and savings. We start with the highest quality glass and check each finished window before delivering it to your home. One of the things we do is introduce the gas into the glass just prior to assembling the window unit. That allows us to examine and certify the gas content and the overall quality of the unit. We also use spacers that are non-conductive to ensure you have the best possible protection from the outside weather. To enhance the beauty, remember you can have the glass tinted a beautiful blue or bronze.

Big City believes in keeping up with the times. That's why we offer LoĒ-180™ glass to our customers. This glass protects the home by preventing heat from seeping through the glass to the outside. It also absorbs heat from the sun's rays and transfers that heat into the room. You'll find this glass makes it easier to keep your home comfortable during the coldest part of winter.


We suggest adding our Neat® to the LoĒ® 180 coated glazing. Doing so accomplishes two things. First, it increases the ability to control the temperature and humidity level in the home. Second, it loosens dirt from the glass surface. You can literally rinse away the dirt and keep the windows spotless.

As with all our windows, Big City's Solar Solutions are constructed to comply with the standards set by Canada's Energy Star program. In some cases, our efforts exceed those standards. This is important, since it means you bow window installation has the potential to reduce annual heating and cooling costs by up to 40%. Expect the highest savings if your present windows are in poor condition but you have excellent insulation in the attic and walls.

Solar Solutions provides a couple of other benefits you should know. Since the team at Big City knows how to install a bow window, you will notice that street noise does not filter into the home as easily. The sturdy construction of your new bow window also increases the security of the home.

Big City's Options for Grilles and Divided Lights

When you look at some of the bow window images we have available, you'll notice that there are designs including grilles. We can add those to your order with ease. All it takes is letting us know in advance that you want this element included.

We'll install the grilles in one of two ways. The first option involves using interior grille designs that are found within the glass itself. You get to choose the style, size, and colour for the griller materials.

The second option is known as our Simulated Divided Lite (SDL). Instead of having the grille between the glass layers, the grille is affixed to the outside of the glass. This option gives the windows both the look and the feel of traditional grille systems, but without the degree of maintenance and upkeep those older approaches require. As with the internal grille system, it's important to let us know prior to the bow window replacement in Ottawa that you would like to include this option.

Remember that all of the panels we use in our bow window replacement in Ottawa includes glass that can be leaded, grooved, tinted, or beveled. If you include caming in the design, it's possible to include zinc, brass, or patina in between the layers of glass panes.

Other Accessories

Big City Windows provides additional interior and exterior accessories that add function or enhance the appearance of your new windows. Talk with our team about the range of accessories we offer. Many of them can be used to customize the windows and ensure they provide all the advantages you want.

Between the fact we manufacture many of our own materials and ensure the quality is the highest in the market, there's no reason to call anyone other than Big City Windows. Talk with our team about what you have in mind. Ask any questions that come to mind and we will provide the answers. Once you are happy with the design, we'll provide a quote with the projected bow window replacement cost. As soon as you give your approval, we'll begin preparing your windows and establish an installation date.