Bow Windows Would Upgrade the Style and Efficiency of your Home
December 29, 2009
Bow windows offer a timeless elegance to any setting, from Victorian to Contemporary. Bow windows in and of themselves are a big upgrade that add value to any venue. But there are upgrades to bow windows that can make them even more functional and stylish within the home.
Low E Glass
Low E glass is a thin, translucent glaze that's added to glass to make it more energy efficient. It also filters out the sun's harmful ultra violet rays that can cause sun fade to fabrics and furnishings. An added benefit to Low E glass is that it helps prevent streaking and spotting to glass, making maintenance easier as well. Low E glass is a good upgrade for bow windows that can pay for itself over time in energy savings.
In warmer climates where the bow window may add too much solar heat to the home, consider a light tint to solve the problem. The tint doesn't have be to the point of distraction, but a subtle tint that reduces solar heat gain, harmful UV rays and even glare on a television or computer screen.
Bow windows in colder climates used to send a shudder through homeowners, but upgrades to energy efficiency now make them a viable upgrade. Consider double or triple glazed panels for the ultimate in energy efficiency. Some windows qualify for energy efficiency certification, which can make you eligible to receive a tax credit of 30% of the cost of the windows up to a maximum of $1,500.
With the added value that bow windows bring to the home, consider upgrades to get the most for your money.