Spring is here, with the promise of nicer temperatures on golden and sun-filled days. It’s a good time to think about grilles. Not the grills that cook tasty summer meals, but the grilles that can refresh the look of your home’s windows.
Window grilles are attention-getting horizontal and/or vertical bars that divide larger panes of glass into patterns. They are often used as a design throwback to when window glass could not be created in the large sheets common today.
Back then, glass was fragile and large pieces were almost impossible to place without breaking. The answer was to create multiple small pieces of glass joined together by window grilles.
Even though modern technology has made it possible to make windows without necessitating grilles, the design of windows with grilles has maintained popularity with homeowners who want a traditional or historic look for their window.
Look at any Victorian, Cape Cod or Colonial style house, for example, to see common home architectures that might not look “right” without windows that have grilles.
History and technology meet in the middle when it comes to modern window grilles. You can see a variety of options in replacement windows for grilles that not only maintain a sense of traditional style, while featuring today’s conveniences.
From grilles that make the impression of individual window panes to grilles that can be removed in order to make cleaning and maintaining window glass convenient, there are window grille options that fit almost any homeowner’s desires.
Here are some frequent grille types offered by Pella of North Carolina, as well as conveniences that come with each:
- Integral Light Technology (ILT) Grilles
These grilles are for those who want a window grille that gives a realistic look of individual windowpanes without the cost of customizing a window. Depending on the type of window, either wood, fiberglass or vinyl grilles are permanently placed to the inside and outside of the window glass.
Some windows feature a nonglare foam spacer that then is installed between the grilles to create a shadow that gives the look of individual glass panes — presenting an authentic look of true divided-light windows.
ILT grilles are a great option for homeowners seeking windows that are an authentic complementary match for their traditional or historic architecture. These grilles can be made in unfinished or prefinished stained wood, or painted and primed fiberglass or vinyl.
- Simulated Divided-Light Grilles (SDL)
SDL grilles use the same approach as ILT grilles, with grilles bonded to the inside and outside of the glass. Unlike ILT grilles, SDL grilles typically do not include a spacer between the grille and the glass.
- Removable Roomside Wood Grilles
Unlike other divided-light grilles, removable grilles are attached to the interior side of windows with latches. This allows the grilles to be uninstalled and makes cleaning the glass easier, while still giving the look of divided windowpanes in the window. Like divided-light grilles that are bonded to the window, though, removable grilles can be created in unfinished wood, prefinished stained wood or painted and primed.
- Between-The-Glass Grilles
As opposed to divided-light grilles that are typically adhered on both sides of the glass or removable grilles that are connected to the roomside of the glass, between-the-glass grilles are, as the name intimates, installed between the panes of insulating glass in double- or triple-paned windows.
The benefit of these grilles is that homeowners get the design of divided windowpanes while still having a smooth glass surface that’s easy to clean.
Between-the-glass grilles can be made to be removable. In windows featuring this style of grille, the space between the panes of glass, sometimes referred to as a swinging panel, can be opened in order to uninstall the grille for cleaning, or when cleaning the panes of glass.
With these grille options, creating a historic look doesn’t mean having to deal with old window technology. When planning to replace your home windows, check out the wide selection of grilles that are available to make the perfect union of traditional and modern window design.