Spring is here, with the promise of warmer temperatures on bright 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 often used as a design throwback to when window glass could not be created in the large sheets available today.
Back then, glass was fragile and large pieces were almost impossible to intall without breaking. The solution was to create many small pieces of glass connected together by window grilles.
Even though current technology has made it possible to produce windows without needing grilles, the look of windows with grilles has maintained popularity with homeowners who want a traditional or historic look for their home.
Look at any Victorian, Cape Cod or Colonial style house, for example, to see common home architectures that might not look “right” without windows that include grilles.
History and technology meet midway when it comes to today’s window grilles. You can see a variety of picks 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 separated 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 meet almost any homeowner’s plans.
Here are some common grille types offered by Pella of Lafayette, as well as features 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 feature a nonglare foam spacer that then is installed between the grilles to create a shadow that gives the impression of individual glass panes — making 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 style. 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 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 provide a spacer between the grille and the glass.
- Removable Roomside Wood Grilles
Varying from 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 creating the look of divided windowpanes in the window. Like divided-light grilles that are adhered to the window, though, removable grilles can be provided 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 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 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 options, creating a historic look doesn’t mean having to deal with old window technology. When looking to replace your home windows, check out the wide array of grilles that are available to make the perfect combination of traditional and modern window design.