If you’re in the market for new windows, you may have heard the term “muntin” a lot. What does it mean? Often confused with “mullion,” a muntin is a secondary framing member (slanted, horizontal, vertical) that holds the window panes in the sash. A mullion, by contrast, is a vertical member placed between window units.
Put another way, muntin bars are the grilles that separate window panes into smaller sections. The result is a window with a grid-shaped pattern that divides the glass. These types of windows are known as divided-light or multi-light windows and are best suited for traditional home styles.
Types of Muntin Bars
If you love the look of multi-light windows and want these for your home, you will have to choose the exact muntin bar style you want. Here are some of the types of muntin bars you can select from:
- Removable muntin bars: This is a unique removable option which involves muntin bars that can snap securely to the inner sash thanks to a concealed pin system. Removable muntins tend to be stronger and more durable than stick grilles, plus they make it easier to clean your windows without the need to sacrifice the style and dimension of your divided-light windows.
- Between-the-glass muntin bars: Modern double-pane windows can be manufactured with muntin bars between the glass, giving the high aesthetic of divided lights while making window cleaning much simpler. You can choose from sculpted or flat muntin bars depending on the look you’re going for.
- Simulated divided lights: These include both interior and exterior muntin bars that have been permanently attached to the glass as well as a narrow spacer bar between the panes. Most interior muntin bars are made of wood, with the exterior one made in the same material and finish as the frame.
Many homeowners enjoy the traditional aesthetic that muntin bars afford to windows. Interested in installing divided-light windows? Rescom Exteriors brings you a wide selection available from many trusted manufacturers. During your consultation, we will go over all the features you should consider before choosing the right muntin bars for you.
From the frame material and operating style to glazing technologies and energy efficiency ratings, our team will educate you on all your options to ensure you select the best product for your home!
Contact Rescom Exteriors
To book your replacement window installation and inquire more about how muntins can augment your traditional home style, contact us for a free quote and consultation today.