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 attention-getting horizontal and/or vertical bars that split larger panes of glass into patterns. They are commonly 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 intall without breaking. The process was to create many 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 homeowners who want a traditional or historic look for their home.
Look at any Victorian, Cape Cod or Colonial style window, 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 modern window grilles. You can see a variety of choices in replacement windows for grilles that not only maintain a sense of traditional style, while featuring current conveniences.
From grilles that provide the look of separated window panes to grilles that can be removed in order to make cleaning and maintaining window glass time-saving, there are window grille options that meet almost any homeowner’s desires.
Here are some available grille types offered by Pella of Charlotte, as well as conveniences 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 expense 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 include a nonglare foam spacer that then is placed between the grilles to create a shadow that gives the impression of individual glass panes — presenting an authentic look of true divided-light windows.
ILT grilles are a great choice for homeowners seeking 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.
- 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
Different than 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 creating the look of divided windowpanes in the window. Like divided-light grilles that are attached 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 attached on both sides of the glass or removable grilles that are connected 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 look 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 featuring 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 choices, creating a historic look doesn’t mean having to deal with historical window technology. When seeking to replace your home windows, look into the wide array of grilles that are available to make the perfect marriage of traditional and modern window design.