Spring is here, with the promise of nicer 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 attention-getting horizontal and/or vertical bars that partition 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 common today.
Back then, glass was fragile and large pieces were almost impossible to intall 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 create windows without necessitating grilles, the design 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 familiar home architectures that might not look “right” without windows that feature grilles.
History and technology meet midway when it comes to current window grilles. You can discover 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 give the image of individual window panes to grilles that can be taken out in order to make cleaning and maintaining window glass convenient, there are window grille options that fit almost any homeowner’s plans.
Here are some frequent grille types offered by Pella of Nashville, as well as benefits that come with each:
- Integral Light Technology (ILT) Grilles
These grilles are for those who desire 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 added between the grilles to create a shadow that gives the image of individual glass panes — creating 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 design. These grilles can be produced 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
Different than 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 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 made 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 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 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 options, creating a historic look doesn’t mean having to deal with old window technology. When planning to replace your home windows, look into the wide selection of grilles that are available to make the perfect marriage of traditional and modern window design.