Spring is here, with the promise of nicer temperatures on shiny 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 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 answer was to create multiple small pieces of glass connected together by window grilles.
Even though modern technology has made it possible to make windows without requiring grilles, the style 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 window, for example, to see common home architectures that might not look “right” without windows that have grilles.
History and technology meet in the middle 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 current conveniences.
From grilles that give the impression of individual window panes to grilles that can be removed in order to make cleaning and maintaining window glass time-saving, there are window grille options that suit almost any homeowner’s needs.
Here are some available grille types offered by Pella of Fall River, as well as conveniences 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 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 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 offer 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
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 a snap, while still giving the look of divided windowpanes in the window. Like divided-light grilles that are bonded 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 coupled to the roomside of the glass, between-the-glass grilles are, as the name implies, 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 convenient 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 choices, creating a historic look doesn’t mean having to deal with historical window technology. When seeking to replace your home windows, consider the wide selection of grilles that are available to make the perfect combination of traditional and modern window design.