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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 golden 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 partition larger panes of glass into patterns. They are commonly used as a design throwback to when window glass could not be produced in the large sheets available today.

Back then, glass was weaker and large pieces were almost impossible to move without breaking. The process was to create numerous small pieces of glass joined together by window grilles.

Window grilles in a bathroom window

Even though today’s technology has made it possible to create windows without needing 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 window, for example, to see common home architectures that might not look “right” without windows that have 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 timeless style, while featuring today’s conveniences.

Pella windows with window treatments

From grilles that provide the image 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 suit almost any homeowner’s desires.

Here are some frequent grille types offered by Pella of Santa Fe, as well as features that come with each:

  • Integral Light Technology (ILT) Grilles

    These grilles are for those who seek a window grille that gives 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 bonded to the inside and outside of the window glass.

    Some windows have a nonglare foam spacer that then is added 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 solution 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.

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

    SDL grilles offer 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.

Pella windows in a dining room
  • Removable Roomside Wood Grilles

    Varying from other divided-light grilles, removable grilles are placed to the interior side of windows with latches. This allows the grilles to be uninstalled and makes cleaning the glass a snap, while still giving the look of divided windowpanes in the window. Like divided-light grilles that are adhered 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 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 design of divided windowpanes while still having a smooth glass surface that’s convenient 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.

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 seeking to replace your home windows, look into the wide array of grilles that are available to make the perfect union of traditional and modern window design.

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