Spring is here, with the promise of pleasant temperatures on golden 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 split 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 available today.
Back then, glass was fragile and large pieces were almost impossible to intall without breaking. The process was to create multiple small pieces of glass placed together by window grilles.
Even though current 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 window.
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 feature grilles.
History and technology meet halfway when it comes to modern window grilles. You can find 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 look of unique 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 common grille types offered by Pella of Salt Lake City, as well as conveniences that come with each:
- Integral Light Technology (ILT) Grilles
These grilles are for those who seek a window grille that offers 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 include a nonglare foam spacer that then is placed between the grilles to create a shadow that gives the look of individual glass panes — making an authentic look of true divided-light windows.
ILT grilles are a great choice for homeowners looking for windows that are an authentic complementary match for their traditional or historic style. 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 take 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
Varying from 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 providing 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 attached on both sides of the glass or removable grilles that are coupled 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 look 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 take out 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, consider the wide selection of grilles that are available to make the perfect marriage of traditional and modern window design.