Window Grilles Provide Homes Unique, Historic Touches
Spring is here, with the promise of nicer temperatures on golden and sun-filled days. It’s a great 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 often used as a design throwback to when window glass could not be made in the large sheets available today.
Back then, glass was fragile and large pieces were almost impossible to move 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 make windows without necessitating 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 home, for example, to see common home architectures that might not look “right” without windows that feature grilles.
History and technology meet midway when it comes to today’s window grilles. You can find a variety of options in replacement windows for grilles that not only maintain a sense of timeless style, while featuring current conveniences.
From grilles that give the image of individual window panes to grilles that can be moved 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 Eau Claire, as well as features that come with each:
- Integral Light Technology (ILT) Grilles
These grilles are for those who seek a window grille that gives 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 have a nonglare foam spacer that then is installed between the grilles to create a shadow that gives the image of individual glass panes — making an authentic look of true divided-light windows.
ILT grilles are a great solution for homeowners seeking 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 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 provided 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 secured to the roomside of the glass, between-the-glass grilles are, as the name intimates, 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 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 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 combination of traditional and modern window design.