Spring is here, with the promise of pleasant 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 divide larger panes of glass into patterns. They are usually used as a design throwback to when window glass could not be created in the large sheets common today.
Back then, glass was fragile and large pieces were almost impossible to intall without breaking. The solution was to create numerous small pieces of glass joined together by window grilles.
Even though today’s technology has made it possible to make windows without needing grilles, the design 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 familiar home architectures that might not look “right” without windows that feature grilles.
History and technology meet midway when it comes to modern window grilles. You can see a variety of options in replacement windows for grilles that not only maintain a sense of traditional style, while featuring today’s conveniences.
From grilles that provide the impression of unique window panes to grilles that can be taken out in order to make cleaning and maintaining window glass easier, there are window grille options that meet almost any homeowner’s needs.
Here are some frequent grille types offered by Pella of Wilmington, as well as features that come with each:
- Integral Light Technology (ILT) Grilles
These grilles are for those who desire a window grille that gives a realistic look of individual windowpanes without the expense 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 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 option for homeowners looking for windows that are an authentic complementary match for their traditional or historic style. These grilles can be made 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 bonded to the inside and outside of the glass. Unlike ILT grilles, SDL grilles typically do not feature a spacer between the grille and the glass.
- Removable Roomside Wood Grilles
Unlike other divided-light grilles, removable grilles are connected 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 made 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 intimates, 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 simple 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 remove 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, consider the wide variety of grilles that are available to make the perfect union of traditional and modern window design.