Spring is here, with the promise of warmer temperatures on bright and sun-filled days. It’s a smart 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 decorative horizontal and/or vertical bars that partition 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 solution was to create multiple small pieces of glass placed together by window grilles.
Even though modern technology has made it possible to make windows without requiring grilles, the design of windows with grilles has maintained popularity with people who want a traditional or historic look for their architecture.
Look at any Victorian, Cape Cod or Colonial style house, for example, to see familiar home architectures that might not look “right” without windows that feature grilles.
History and technology meet halfway when it comes to today’s window grilles. You can find a variety of picks in replacement windows for grilles that not only maintain a sense of traditional style, while featuring today’s conveniences.
From grilles that provide the look of individual window panes to grilles that can be moved in order to make cleaning and maintaining window glass easier, there are window grille options that fit almost any homeowner’s needs.
Here are some frequent grille types offered by Pella of Grand Rapids, as well as benefits that come with each:
- Integral Light Technology (ILT) Grilles
These grilles are for those who want a window grille that offers a realistic look of individual windowpanes without the expense of customizing a window. Depending on the type of window, either wood, fiberglass or vinyl grilles are permanently bonded 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 looking for windows that are an authentic complementary match for their traditional or historic architecture. These grilles can be provided 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 feature a spacer between the grille and the glass.
- Removable Roomside Wood Grilles
Unlike other divided-light grilles, removable grilles are placed to the interior side of windows with latches. This allows the grilles to be removed and makes cleaning the glass more convenient, while still creating the look of divided windowpanes in the window. Like divided-light grilles that are attached to the window, though, removable grilles can be made in unfinished wood, prefinished stained wood or painted and primed.
- Between-The-Glass Grilles
As opposed to divided-light grilles that are typically affixed on both sides of the glass or removable grilles that are secured 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 impression 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 remove the grille for cleaning, or when cleaning the panes of glass.
With these grille choices, creating a historic look doesn’t mean having to deal with historical window technology. When looking to replace your home windows, look into the wide variety of grilles that are available to make the perfect union of traditional and modern window design.