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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 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 divide 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 common today.

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

Window grilles in a bathroom window 

Even though current technology has made it possible to produce windows without necessitating grilles, the style of windows with grilles has maintained popularity with people who want a traditional or historic look for their home.

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 feature grilles.

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

Pella windows with window treatments 

From grilles that make the look of individual window panes to grilles that can be moved in order to make cleaning and maintaining window glass time-saving, there are window grille options that fit almost any homeowner’s desires.

Here are some common grille types offered by Pella of Boise, as well as benefits that come with each:

  • Integral Light Technology (ILT) Grilles

    These grilles are for those who seek 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 adhered to the inside and outside of the window glass.

    Some windows feature a nonglare foam spacer that then is added between the grilles to create a shadow that gives the impression 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 design. 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 take the same approach as ILT grilles, with grilles connected 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 connected to the interior side of windows with latches. This allows the grilles to be taken out and makes cleaning the glass a snap, while still providing 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 affixed 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 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 take out 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 seeking to replace your home windows, consider the wide selection of grilles that are available to make the perfect combination of traditional and modern window design.