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 usually used as a design throwback to when window glass could not be made in the large sheets seen today.
Back then, glass was weaker and large pieces were almost impossible to move without breaking. The process was to create multiple small pieces of glass joined together by window grilles.
Even though today’s technology has made it possible to produce windows without requiring grilles, the look of windows with grilles has maintained popularity with people who want a traditional or historic look for their window.
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 have grilles.
History and technology meet halfway 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 historic style, while featuring modern conveniences.
From grilles that provide the image of individual window panes to grilles that can be moved in order to make cleaning and maintaining window glass convenient, there are window grille options that suit almost any homeowner’s desires.
Here are some available grille types offered by Pella of Kalamazoo, as well as benefits 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 price 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 include a nonglare foam spacer that then is placed between the grilles to create a shadow that gives the look of individual glass panes — making an authentic look of true divided-light windows.
ILT grilles are a great choice for homeowners wanting windows that are an authentic complementary match for their traditional or historic architecture. 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 include 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 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 adhered 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 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 with 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, check out the wide array of grilles that are available to make the perfect combination of traditional and modern window design.