Given the dazzling variety of shapes, styles and colours now on the market, it isn’t surprising that homeowners wishing to replace their windows are sometimes blinded by choice.  

And it isn’t always about the windows themselves – there is also a huge selection of fixtures and fittings to consider. And it can be quite a complicated process and sometimes stressful!

Don’t worry! Because while window technology has changed tenfold over the years, so have companies who supply and fit such products. Companies like Great Harwood Windows are experts in the market and have testimonies from happy homeowners all over Lancashire and the North West.  

For example, let’s look at a couple of window options which you may not have heard of but undoubtedly have seen. These are astragal bars and Georgian bars. Both are means of dividing up windows into traditional-looking individual ‘sections’, yet both have different aesthetic qualities.  

Interior view of a classic white framed window with Georgian bars, showcasing a view of lush greenery outside, complemented by soft, natural light.

Astragal Bars

What is an astragal bar?

Astragal bars are fixed onto the surface of window panes both externally and internally. They are often fixed in a cross shape to a single double- or triple-glazed sealed unit, giving the effect of a traditional window that would’ve had multiple small panes of glass, therefore creating a traditional style and sash window look.   

Why have an astragal bar fitted?

As well as for aesthetic reasons, having an astragal bar fitted also means more privacy – due to the reduced area of the window – and can add extra security by making it more difficult to force entry.  

Can you remove astragal bars?

While it is possible to remove astragal bars, it would require the replacement of the entire window as they are fixed onto the surface. It’s always best to consult with a professional before making any changes to your windows to ensure that they are still structurally sound and secure – give us a call or drop us an email and our friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions you might have. 

Veka UPVC Georgian Bay Window

Georgian Bars

What is a Georgian bar?

Unlike the astragal bar which is fitted on the inside or outside of the window, a Georgian bar is set inside a sealed glazing unit and creates the effect of multiple smaller panes of glass. This type of bar is ideal for those who want a traditional look but also require high energy efficiency in their windows. 

Why should I have a Georgian bar fitted?

Like the astragal bar, the internal Georgian bar provides an authentic look to windows, however, due to their position within the glass, these Georgian-style windows can create a traditional appearance but are much easier to clean. This is especially advantageous for bigger panes of glass, or cleaning the outside of modern casement windows. 

White Georgian Casement windows

What’s the best choice for me – astragal or Georgian?

Like many aspects of home improvement, it’s very much down to personal taste, your home’s home’s architectural style, or the general look of your property. But as a guideline, windows belonging to more period properties tend to suit astragal bars, particularly those in conservation areas where uPVC windows with a wood-effect finish are acceptable.   

Conversely, if your home is a more modern property, Georgian bars may be a better option, although this style of home can look equally comfortable with Georgian or astragal bars to give the effect of traditional period features. 

If you’re still debating what to choose and want some great advice, don’t hesitate to contact us or call 01254 690009. We’ve been in business for more than 30 years and we’ve established a team of dedicated industry professionals serving areas across Lancashire and the North West. We look after both homeowners and trade customers with a range of top-quality windows, doors and conservatories. Our emphasis is on the best products coupled with outstanding customer service.  

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