, are decorative elements applied to the internal part of a double glazed window to create a visually appealing and traditional look. They are named after the architectural style that became popular during the reigns of the first four British monarchs from the House of Hanover, all named George (1714-1830).
Originally, Georgian bars were functional, as they held small individual panes of glass in place before larger sheets of glass became more affordable and practical. Today, they are primarily used as a design feature to replicate the appearance of traditional, multi-paned windows without the need for individual glass panes.
Georgian bars can be found in various window types, including:
1. Casement Windows:
These windows have hinges on one side and open outward like a door. Georgian bars can be applied to the inside of the glass panel to appear to divide it into smaller sections.
2. Sash Windows:
These windows have one or two moveable panels (sashes) that slide vertically. The Georgian bars are usually fitted to the interior of the double glazed unit.
3. Double-Hung Windows:
These are a type of sash windows with two moveable panels that slide up and down. The Georgian bars are applied to the interior of the glass panel in this case as well.
4. Fixed Windows:
For non-operable windows or large glass areas, Georgian bars can be applied to the inside of the unit to create a divided pane effect.
In modern architecture, Georgian bars are often used to add a touch of elegance and a sense of history to new buildings or to replace existing windows with a more traditional style. They are especially popular in historical or period-themed homes where maintaining an authentic appearance is desired.
Georgian bars can be made from aluminum or composite materials. They are available in different colors and finishes to match the overall aesthetic of the building.