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 stylish horizontal and/or vertical bars that partition larger panes of glass into patterns. They are usually used as a design throwback to when window glass could not be produced in the large sheets seen today.
Back then, glass was weaker and large pieces were almost impossible to move without breaking. The solution was to create numerous small pieces of glass connected together by window grilles.
Even though today’s technology has made it possible to create windows without necessitating grilles, the style of windows with grilles has maintained popularity with people who want a traditional or historic look for their home.
Look at any Victorian, Cape Cod or Colonial style home, 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 today’s window grilles. You can find a variety of options in replacement windows for grilles that not only maintain a sense of timeless style, while featuring current conveniences.
From grilles that give the image of separated 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 common grille types offered by Pella of Jackson, as well as benefits that come with each:
- Integral Light Technology (ILT) Grilles
These grilles are for those who want 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 adhered to the inside and outside of the window glass.
Some windows include a nonglare foam spacer that then is installed between the grilles to create a shadow that gives the image of individual glass panes — presenting an authentic look of true divided-light windows.
ILT grilles are a great choice 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 adhered 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 taken out and makes cleaning the glass more convenient, while still giving 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 suggests, 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 convenient to clean.
Between-the-glass grilles can be made to be removable. In windows including 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 varieties, creating a historic look doesn’t mean having to deal with outdated window technology. When looking to replace your home windows
, check out the wide variety of grilles that are available to make the perfect combination of traditional and modern window design.