Georgian French Doors
Traditional Elegance with Modern Performance
Compliment your historic home or give your new home a traditional look with bespoke Georgian French doors from Neuffer. Their large glass surfaces add natural light to any room while providing a great view of your patio, garden or yard. Common in many English speaking countries around the world, they often fit equally well in old and new homes and help make your doors stand out with a classic elegance. Our French doors are available in a variety of materials and colors including transoms and side panels.
The Different Types of Glazing Bars
One of the hallmarks of Georgian windows and doors is their use of bars separating the glass into smaller sections. Until the mid-1850s, glass was only produced in small sizes and made into large windows and doors using muntins (also called grilles or divided lites). While no longer economically or technically necessary, using muntins is still considered more architecturally attractive and is particularly common in Britain and its former colonies.
Neuffer offers three styles of Georgian bars to match your aesthetic, budget and security requirements. These include real, glass-separating ones and astragal bars which simulate the look without actually dividing the glazed surface. Your three options are
- Genuine separating bars
- Helima (fitted internally)
- Viennese (fitted externally)
Muntins are also available in different materials like wood, vinyl and aluminum. It is typically best to choose a material that matches the door frame. Of the three, aluminum can affect the overall U-value since metal is conductive. However, unless you're are aiming for extremely high energy performance, a Passive House for example, this should not be a concern.
Genuine Georgian Bars (Muntins)
The first option are genuine Georgian bars which physically partition the door into a series of small panes. This is the most historically accurate option with windows built just as in the past. Nevertheless, modern window manufacturing ensures that insulation penalties and draft problems are things of the past. Genuine muntins merely create mini-windows in a sense and can still be built with modern double and triple glazing and all the other energy performance boosting features of today. Finally, they have the added benefit of increasing overall security.