Spring is here, with the promise of pleasant temperatures on golden and sun-filled days. It’s a great 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 commonly used as a design throwback to when window glass could not be produced in the large sheets seen today.
Back then, glass was delicate and large pieces were almost impossible to move without breaking. The answer was to create numerous small pieces of glass connected together by window grilles.
Even though today’s technology has made it possible to make windows without necessitating grilles, the style of windows with grilles has maintained popularity with homeowners who want a traditional or historic look for their architecture.
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 halfway when it comes to current window grilles. You can see a variety of choices in replacement windows for grilles that not only maintain a sense of traditional style, while featuring current conveniences.
From grilles that provide the image of separated window panes to grilles that can be moved in order to make cleaning and maintaining window glass convenient, there are window grille options that suit almost any homeowner’s plans.
Here are some common grille types offered by Pella of Minneapolis, as well as conveniences that come with each:
- Integral Light Technology (ILT) Grilles
These grilles are for those who seek a window grille that brings 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 have a nonglare foam spacer that then is added between the grilles to create a shadow that gives the image of individual glass panes — making an authentic look of true divided-light windows.
ILT grilles are a great option for homeowners wanting 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 connected 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 placed to the interior side of windows with latches. This allows the grilles to be uninstalled and makes cleaning the glass a snap, while still providing the look of divided windowpanes in the window. Like divided-light grilles that are attached 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 affixed 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 impression of divided windowpanes while still having a smooth glass surface that’s simple 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 seeking to replace your home windows, consider the wide selection of grilles that are available to make the perfect union of traditional and modern window design.