Spring is here, with the promise of nicer temperatures on shiny 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 divide larger panes of glass into patterns. They are commonly used as a design throwback to when window glass could not be created in the large sheets seen today.
Back then, glass was delicate and large pieces were almost impossible to intall without breaking. The process 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 needing grilles, the look of windows with grilles has maintained popularity with owners 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 include grilles.
History and technology meet midway when it comes to modern window grilles. You can discover 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 separated window panes to grilles that can be moved in order to make cleaning and maintaining window glass easier, there are window grille options that fit almost any homeowner’s needs.
Here are some common grille types offered by Pella of Natick, as well as features 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 price 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 have a nonglare foam spacer that then is placed 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 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 use 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 removed 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 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 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 uninstall 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, look into the wide selection of grilles that are available to make the perfect combination of traditional and modern window design.