Muntins and mullions are window terms that are often confused by many homeowners. It is possible that your modern windows have both muntins and mullions on them, whether in real or replicated form. In this article, Renewal by Andersen® of Long Island breaks down the differences between the two.
Muntin refers to the supporting bar between adjacent panes of glass. Muntin only applies to the inner vertical strips since the outer pieces that shape the frame are called stiles and riles. Muntins are frequently associated with windows, however, they can mean any kind of vertical barrier. This means they can appear on wood panels, furniture and doors as well.
Early builders utilized muntins because they were structurally critical. The outer walls of older buildings could not carry the weight when large-sized windows were installed in the walls. Muntins helped to evenly distribute the weight vertically.
Like muntins, mullions also act as supporting devices. Mullions are generally described as the vertical strips that separate two sides of a single window replacement unit. Before the Victorian era, it was nearly impossible to manufacture large pieces of glass. Instead, colossal stretches of windows were achieved by holding smaller panes of glass together by these supporting bars.
Muntin vs. Mullion
Fundamentally, muntins are the vertical shafts of wood separating panes of glass in a traditional multi-pane glass composition. Mullions, on the other hand, are the single vertical props used in two-pane assemblies.
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