Have you been looking at your home’s windows and thinking how boring they are? Sure, they look nice, but they really don’t have any character or reflect who you are as a homeowner.
Window grilles are an affordable option for homeowners looking to make a change to the interior and exterior of their home.
Whether you’re figuring out if you need new windows or just want a slight upgrade to improve the appearance of your home, you should consider adding window grilles to your windows.
What Are Window Grilles?
Many people have seen window grilles but don’t know that’s what they’re called.
Grilles are decorative frames laid over the glass panes in your windows to create a pattern or design. They typically come with vertical and horizontal lines to make smaller panes in the window.
When glass windows were first invented, glass makers had to make small individual panes because the glass was too delicate and could easily break. This type of window installation was popular until manufacturers could produce large, single panes of glass which could be transported and installed without the fear of breaking.
Despite this change in glass manufacturing, many people like the appearance of multi-paned windows, particularly in Colonial, Cape Cod, or Victorian styled homes. To replicate the appearance of traditional home windows, manufacturers started offering grilles to install along with the windows.
Types of Window Grilles
There are several types of grilles to appeal to a variety of preferences. Some options make it easier to clean windows while others offer a more permanent fix.
Full Divided Light
A full divided light grille means grilles are permanently attached to the inside and outside of the window with an aluminum spacer between the glass. This grille is meant to replicate visually true divided glass panes.
The interior and exterior grilles tend to be made of weather-resistant, flexible material that looks like wood.
Simulated Divided Light
A simulated divided light grille is the same as a full divided light window except it doesn’t have an aluminum spacer between the glass. The grilles can be affixed permanently or be removable.
Removable Interior Grille
As the name suggests, these grilles are removable and snap in place into the window’s sash. Many homeowners find this to be a great option for cleaning since the grilles are easy to remove and replace.
These grilles are typically made of hardwood since they are not exposed to the elements.
Between the Glass Grille
Between the glass, grilles include aluminum grilles added during the manufacturing process. There are no interior or exterior grilles, leaving a smooth glass surface to clean while giving the appearance of a paned window.
7 Window Grille Styles to Try
There are so many types of grilles to choose from, but these are seven of our favorites. Remember, your grille choice should fit well with the types of windows you have and reflect your home’s style.
Colonial window grilles are extremely popular, as we mentioned above. They are typically divided light windows and arranged into four, six, or nine square or rectangular panes.
More modern Colonial or Cape Cod style homes might have a single pane of glass in the bottom half of the window with a Colonial-style grille in the upper half of the window. The windows are meant to be opened from the bottom up or top down.
Prairie style windows typically have nine unequal panes: four small square panes that go into the corners, four long rectangles that run along the edges, and one large square for the center of the window.
Many homeowners pick these windows because they allow more unobstructed light into the home and can make the home feel bigger. You’ll find that Prairie window grilles are a popular style for casement windows, i.e. windows that open on a side hinge.
The Craftsman style was born out of the Prairie style window. It features two large single panes of glass on the top and bottom halves of the window. These panes are horizontally rectangular and create an open feeling in the home.
Craftsman windows are a great option if you want an open, modern look in your home.
Geometric grilles come in many variations and materials. You’ll commonly see geometric grilles with repetitive herringbone, square, or circular patterns. Angular lines creating squares and rectangles is another popular type of geometric grille.
People in the Victorian age were known for their over-the-top decorative style, and Victorian window grilles live up to that reputation.
There are arguably two styles of Victorian window. The first is reminiscent of a Prairie window with a large rectangular pane in the middle of the window bordered by many small square panes along the exterior.
The second style usually features a design in the upper third of the window with an arch and “V” overlaid. Below that section will be anywhere from two to six panes of glass.
Diamond window grilles are popular for accent windows above large windows or doors. They are usually added to luxury homes for an added dimension of detail as well as being common in Victorian windows.
Valence windows are a more modern window that allows unadulterated sunlight into the home while still allowing homeowners to add a pattern to their windows. They feature a large square pane of glass with three small square frames at the very top of the window.
Add Style to Your Home Now!
Window grilles are an amazing way to add style to your home without breaking the bank. Because there are so many styles of grilles, there is something for every style of home and personal preferences.
If you are planning on installing new windows, it’s a perfect time to install new grilles. If you’re just looking to add a new design element to your home, consider removable interior grilles.
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