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Window Grilles Provide Homes Unique, Historic Touches

Window Grilles Provide Homes Unique, Historic Touches

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 stylish 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 created in the large sheets seen today.

Back then, glass was fragile and large pieces were almost impossible to intall without breaking. The answer was to create numerous small pieces of glass placed together by window grilles.

Window grilles in a bathroom window 

Even though current technology has made it possible to create windows without requiring grilles, the design of windows with grilles has maintained popularity with homeowners 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 feature grilles.

History and technology meet in the middle when it comes to today’s window grilles. You can see a variety of options in replacement windows for grilles that not only maintain a sense of timeless style, while featuring current conveniences.

Pella windows with window treatments 

From grilles that give the impression of separated window panes to grilles that can be taken out 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 Monroe, as well as features that come with each:

  • Integral Light Technology (ILT) Grilles

    These grilles are for those who want 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 bonded to the inside and outside of the window glass.

    Some windows include a nonglare foam spacer that then is installed between the grilles to create a shadow that gives the image of individual glass panes — presenting an authentic look of true divided-light windows.

    ILT grilles are a great option for homeowners wanting windows that are an authentic complementary match for their traditional or historic design. These grilles can be made in unfinished or prefinished stained wood, or painted and primed fiberglass or vinyl.

Pella windows in a living room
  • Simulated Divided-Light Grilles (SDL)

    SDL grilles use the same approach as ILT grilles, with grilles connected 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.

Pella windows in a dining room
  • Removable Roomside Wood Grilles

    Unlike other divided-light grilles, removable grilles are placed 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 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 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 suggests, 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 remove the grille for cleaning, or when cleaning the panes of glass.

Between-the-glass grilles on Pella Windows 

With these grille options, creating a historic look doesn’t mean having to deal with old window technology. When planning 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.
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