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Window Grilles Provide Homes Unique, Historic Touches

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Spring is here, with the promise of pleasant temperatures on golden and sun-filled days. It’s a smart 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 usually used as a design throwback to when window glass could not be produced in the large sheets seen today.

Back then, glass was delicate and large pieces were almost impossible to place without breaking. The answer was to create many small pieces of glass joined together by window grilles.

Window grilles in a bathroom window 

Even though current technology has made it possible to make windows without necessitating grilles, the design of windows with grilles has maintained popularity with owners who want a traditional or historic look for their architecture.

Look at any Victorian, Cape Cod or Colonial style house, for example, to see common home architectures that might not look “right” without windows that feature grilles.

History and technology meet halfway when it comes to current window grilles. You can see a variety of choices in replacement windows for grilles that not only maintain a sense of historic style, while featuring modern conveniences.

Pella windows with window treatments 

From grilles that provide the look 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 desires.

Here are some available grille types offered by Pella of Woburn, as well as conveniences that come with each:

  • Integral Light Technology (ILT) Grilles

    These grilles are for those who want a window grille that offers 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 feature 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 solution 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 adhered 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

    Different than 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 easier, 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 created 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 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 uninstall 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 looking to replace your home windows, check out the wide selection of grilles that are available to make the perfect marriage of traditional and modern window design.
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