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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 shiny 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 decorative 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 produced in the large sheets seen today.

Back then, glass was weaker and large pieces were almost impossible to intall 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 make windows without necessitating 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 home, 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 find 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 give the image 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 suit almost any homeowner’s desires.

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

  • Integral Light Technology (ILT) Grilles

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

    Some windows include a nonglare foam spacer that then is installed 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 architecture. 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 bonded 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 attached to the interior side of windows with latches. This allows the grilles to be uninstalled 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 attached on both sides of the glass or removable grilles that are coupled 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 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 remove 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 planning to replace your home windows, look into the wide variety of grilles that are available to make the perfect combination of traditional and modern window design.