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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 great 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 stylish 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 common today.

Back then, glass was weaker and large pieces were almost impossible to intall without breaking. The solution was to create many small pieces of glass connected together by window grilles.

Window grilles in a bathroom window 

Even though current technology has made it possible to make windows without needing grilles, the design 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 house, for example, to see familiar home architectures that might not look “right” without windows that include grilles.

History and technology meet midway when it comes to modern window grilles. You can discover a variety of options 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 give the impression of separated window panes to grilles that can be moved in order to make cleaning and maintaining window glass convenient, there are window grille options that suit almost any homeowner’s desires.

Here are some available grille types offered by Pella of Long Island, 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 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 installed 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 option for homeowners looking for windows that are an authentic complementary match for their traditional or historic style. 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 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 provide 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 implies, 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 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 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 marriage of traditional and modern window design.
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