Spring is here, with the promise of pleasant 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 decorative 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 fragile and large pieces were almost impossible to intall without breaking. The process was to create many small pieces of glass placed together by window grilles.
Even though modern technology has made it possible to produce windows without requiring grilles, the look of windows with grilles has maintained popularity with owners who want a traditional or historic look for their home.
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 feature grilles.
History and technology meet halfway when it comes to modern window grilles. You can find a variety of picks in replacement windows for grilles that not only maintain a sense of traditional style, while featuring current conveniences.
From grilles that provide the impression of unique window panes to grilles that can be moved in order to make cleaning and maintaining window glass easier, there are window grille options that meet almost any homeowner’s desires.
Here are some common grille types offered by Pella of Norwalk, 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 bonded to the inside and outside of the window glass.
Some windows have a nonglare foam spacer that then is placed between the grilles to create a shadow that gives the look of individual glass panes — creating 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 design. 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 adhered to the inside and outside of the glass. Unlike ILT grilles, SDL grilles typically do not provide a spacer between the grille and the glass.
- Removable Roomside Wood Grilles
Unlike other divided-light grilles, removable grilles are attached to the interior side of windows with latches. This allows the grilles to be removed and makes cleaning the glass a snap, 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 affixed 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 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 with 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 seeking to replace your home windows
, look into the wide variety of grilles that are available to make the perfect marriage of traditional and modern window design.