Grilles were introduced in windows in 1600s London as a way to compensate for a shortage of glass at the time. Since then, homeowners have seen the benefits they offer in terms of security and aesthetics. Today, grilles and window grids are more a design choice. You can now choose from dozens of different patterns and combinations to help make your home look more appealing.
The challenge, however, is whether or not your existing architectural style would work well with grid-patterned windows.
Grilles fit with traditional styles like Colonial, Georgian or Tudor. Older replacement windows for these homes often had the grille placed on top of the glass which made cleaning a challenge. Homeowners would need to wash panes individually to keep these old-fashioned windows looking clear and fresh. Modern grid windows have placed the grills in between the windows to resolve this common problem.
Modern Contemporary Homes
For more contemporary designs like a Craftsman or a Mid-century Modern home, grilles are mainly optional. The default standard is foregoing the grids entirely in favor of intricate trims and patterned mouldings. In some modern and postmodern homes, even the moldings are replaced with cleaner and more minimalist finishes.
The debate on whether to get grilles on your windows or not is primarily hinged on curb appeal. Homeowners, designers and contractors all base their decisions on whether a certain design will ultimately look good for their home or not. Ask your window installation professional for recommendations if you’re still on the fence about choosing grilled windows for your home.
At Illinois Energy Windows & Siding, our window design experts can help you find the best grilles for your home. Give us a call toll-free at (866) 629-9880, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate on replacement windows today. We serve homeowners in Glencoe, Darien and Highland Park as well as other nearby areas.