At a time when glass was too fragile to build in large sizes and move around without breaking, grilles were necessary to make windows sturdy. Grilles join smaller sheets of glass and hold them in place. Today, grilles continue to be relevant in window replacement even though it’s now possible to manufacture sturdy, large glass. They remain popular for mostly aesthetic reasons, even if they no longer serve any structural purpose.
But then again, you can’t just use grilles any way you like to pull an architecturally correct window design. Most home styles, especially the old ones, require windows to be adorned with certain grille patterns to achieve historical accuracy.
At Renewal by Andersen® of Houston, we can do different grille patterns to echo the aesthetic of your home’s architecture. Here are some of them:
The Colonial grille pattern features crisscross bars to replicate the look of square lights (individual pieces of glass), occupying both sashes of double-hung windows. This pattern best characterizes Georgian- and Federal-style homes as well as Cape.
The farmhouse grille pattern comprises two vertical bars running from the top that meet a wider horizontal rail at the center of the window. In other words, the lower part of the unit is grille-less while the upper portion is divided into three, rectangular lights in equal dimensions.
This pattern is an iteration of the farmhouse with shorter vertical bars. The number of grilles can also be more than two.
Usually used on casement units, the prairie pattern consists of two vertical and two horizontal bars per sash that form four squares in the corners. When used on sliding windows, it can come in a modified version wherein only one vertical bar is applied per sash.
Synonymous with Tudor architecture, windows with diamond-shaped grilles are reminiscent of Old World European home designs.
6. Equal Light
This pattern is made of a specified number of horizontal bars set in equal distance apart. It’s the go-to pattern of Spanish Colonial Revival glass units. Visually dividing large glass into relatively smaller pieces for artistic effect, the equal light grille design can lend interest to plain picture windows.
7. Simulated Double-Hung
Used to make casements masquerade as double-hung units, this grille pattern can help preserve your home’s character while hitting your functional goals.
Renewal by Andersen of Houston pushes the envelope of window grille customization. We can help you bring a new design to life or revive a forgotten pattern. Call us at (281) 547-6177, or fill out our contact form to schedule your FREE consultation and estimate. We serve clients in Sugar Land, TX, and other nearby areas in Texas.