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Window Grilles Provide Homes Unique, Historic Touches

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Spring is here, with the promise of nicer temperatures on shiny 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 created in the large sheets available today.

Back then, glass was fragile and large pieces were almost impossible to move without breaking. The solution was to create multiple small pieces of glass placed together by window grilles.

Window grilles in a bathroom window 

Even though modern technology has made it possible to create windows without requiring grilles, the design of windows with grilles has maintained popularity with homeowners who want a traditional or historic look for their window.

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

History and technology meet midway when it comes to today’s window grilles. You can see a variety of options in replacement windows for grilles that not only maintain a sense of traditional style, while featuring current conveniences.

Pella windows with window treatments 

From grilles that provide the image of separated window panes to grilles that can be taken out in order to make cleaning and maintaining window glass time-saving, there are window grille options that fit almost any homeowner’s needs.

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

  • Integral Light Technology (ILT) Grilles

    These grilles are for those who desire a window grille that offers a realistic look of individual windowpanes without the cost 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 have 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 solution for homeowners seeking windows that are an authentic complementary match for their traditional or historic architecture. These grilles can be produced 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 feature 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 connected to the interior side of windows with latches. This allows the grilles to be removed 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 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 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 convenient 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 varieties, creating a historic look doesn’t mean having to deal with outdated window technology. When looking to replace your home windows, consider the wide array of grilles that are available to make the perfect union of traditional and modern window design.
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