When it comes to historic windows, the best way to tell what era the windows are from is by looking at the astragal bar layout. Historic windows often feature some sort of bar layout because technology at the time wasn’t proficient enough in making large units and even as the technology advanced and large units became available, they were not very cost-effective. Instead the glass was split into smaller sections using bars.
Historic trends mean that it is quite easy for us this day today to identify what era the windows belong to.
The most common bar layout found on Georgian windows is a bar grid also known as ‘6 panes over 6 panes’. Georgian bars are very popular on our range of PVCu sliding sash windows. Today the bars are used for decorative purposes only.
During the Victorian era, a simple yet very distinctive single vertical bar became the norm. The single vertical bar, which is also known as ‘2 panes over 2 panes’, adds a touch of heritage without having great impact on the views presented through the glass unit.
The window designs from the Edwardian era present the best of both a Georgian and Victorian bar design. These windows often feature a grid in the top sash and either a single bar or no bars in the bottom sash. Window designs from this time are still immensely popular this day today.
Today, you can do pretty much what you want. No matter what era you take your inspiration from you can create a bespoke bar layout to add character to your home. Decorative bars can add an element of heritage and they allow you to create a window solution unique to your home and personal taste. If you would like to recreate the bar layout your current windows feature, we welcome you to take a photo and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to let you know if this design can be achieved using today’s modern materials and techniques.