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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 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 divide larger panes of glass into patterns. They are often used as a design throwback to when window glass could not be produced 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 many small pieces of glass joined together by window grilles.

Window grilles in a bathroom window 

Even though modern technology has made it possible to produce windows without needing grilles, the style of windows with grilles has maintained popularity with owners 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 discover a variety of picks in replacement windows for grilles that not only maintain a sense of timeless style, while featuring modern conveniences.

Pella windows with window treatments 

From grilles that make the look of separated window panes to grilles that can be removed 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 frequent grille types offered by Pella of Mankato, 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 expense 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 placed between the grilles to create a shadow that gives the look of individual glass panes — presenting 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 design. These grilles can be provided 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 bonded 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 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 giving the look of divided windowpanes in the window. Like divided-light grilles that are attached 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 adhered 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 intimates, 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 simple 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 uninstall the grille for cleaning, or when cleaning the panes of glass.

Between-the-glass grilles on Pella Windows 

With these grille choices, creating a historic look doesn’t mean having to deal with historical window technology. When planning to replace your home windows, consider the wide variety of grilles that are available to make the perfect union of traditional and modern window design.
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