The Difference Between a Bay & Bow Window: Which is right for your Home?

There’s nothing quite like a new window if you want to add instant curb appeal to your home.

When the time comes to replace your windows, it can be a great opportunity to think about how you want your house to look and whether you want to change the type or style of window, or stick with something similar to what you already have in place.

SMART Installations helps to ease the process, by helping you choose a window that combines your personal taste with the requirements and style of your home. Our clients are always amazed that they don’t need to select a window based on the existing structure of the wall and that we can help them replace a standard flat, double glazed window with a bay or bow window.

This style of window can have a quick, transformative effect and create atmosphere and character both inside and outside, making your home stand out from others in your street.

One of the common questions we’re asked is “What is the difference between a Bow Window and a Bay Window?”

On first glance, a bow and a bay window look very similar. They both help to transform a room, adding the appearance of space and increasing light. But there are a few key differences between the two. The basic difference involves the number of sections and style that each window has.

On first glance, a bow and a bay window look very similar. They both help to transform a room, adding the appearance of space and increasing light. But there are a few key differences between the two. The basic difference involves the number of sections and style that each window has.

We’ve written this article to outline some of the differences in more detail, to help you decide which style is right for your home.

What is a Bow Window?

A bow window has a more curved shape than a bay window, creating a rounded appearance on the outside of the home, and has between 4 or 5 sections, each with the same style of window in each section. Although it doesn’t create additional floor space, they provide additional space within the window and increased light, both of which could increase the value of your home.

What is a Bay Window?

A bay window has three sections and bows outward. It has a centre, “picture” window and another style of window on either side, that protrude in hard, angled sections. They can be viewed as a small extension of the room, because they create additional floor space which can be used in various ways.

What are the key differences between Bay and Bow Windows?

  •  A bay window has three openings, whereas a bow window has four or five.
  • The angular lines and flat planes of a contemporary bay window can add instant character to modern homes, while the semi-circular outer structure of the bow window helps to channel more traditional, Victorian architecture. But either window will suit almost any style of home.
  • Bay windows protrude out from the wall, into the exterior space, increasing the interior floor space.
  • Bow windows let more light into the room because they have more panes than bay windows.
  • Bow windows are normally wider than bay windows.
  • Bow windows can be wrapped around the corner of a building, forming a unique turret shape on the outside of a building, and creating and an enticing nook on the inside. This advantageous option also allows for a view from two sides of the home.

What Will a Bow or Bay Window Add to my Home?

Whether you opt for a bow or bay window, boy have the potential to add to your home.
Some benefits include:

  • Improving the external and internal appearance
  • Increasing energy efficiency
  • Improving ventilation
  • Increasing light

Who sells bay and bow windows?

We have an extensive range of bay and bow windows to suit your personal taste and the requirements and style of your home.

All of our windows come with a 10 year warranty and we’re Certass approved, providing added peace of mind.

How Can SMART Installations Help You?
Improve the curb appeal and value of your house.

You tell us what you would like to achieve and we’ll find the solution. From design to installation, our professional team of expert fitters will take care of everything for you.

We are proud to have been helping homeowners improve the safety, efficiency and curb appeal of their homes for over 30 years. With an extensive range of windows.

Design and price the solution for your home using our online design tool:
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Or, if you would prefer a more personal and professional opinion, one of our expert fitters can measure for you.
Call 07593453114 to Book Now

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Case study from Mock Tudor job:

Our expert fitters recently installed Mock Tudor boards to restore the look and protect the future longevity of the exterior of our clients’ properties.

The images below are taken from 2 separate Mock Tudor installation projects.

Once we’d measured up and where appropriate, we used composite aluminium render panels as they are excellent backing panels that can be used in place of normal render.

We then applied a generous and even amount of adhesive to ensure proper adhesion and to seal these boards to the exterior walls, we carefully positioned the boards to ensure straightness and make any necessary adjustments before the adhesive sets.

Once the render panels were set in place and we had marked up the position of the fixing, we proceeded to install the Mock Tudor beams.

Our multi-purpose and concrete screws secure the Mock Tudor in place ensuring a long-lasting installation.

Credit goes to Matthew Davies and Morgan Bell for their work on these particular projects in restoring these properties to their former glory.

Lyn Barley
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Had our mock tudor render boards replaced. It looks absolutely amazing, Matt and Morgan were exceptional. Attention to detail fantastic, nothing too much trouble, clean & tidy. Would recommend them and Smart to anyone thinking of having this done. Excellent. If I could give them 10 stars out of 5 I would, but 5 is the highest, they were that good!!
Thomas Jenks
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Fab company to work with! Their quote was 3x cheaper than alternatives, and it took around 2 weeks between quote and installation. Matty and Morgan were amazingly helpful and finished our mock tudor beam job in 2 days. Fab stuff.