A Guide to Window Grilles: Should You Add Them or Not?

As a homeowner, there are many decisions you need to make when replacing your old, drafty windows. One of them is choosing whether or not to add window grilles. These refer to the decorative pattern on a window that consists of horizontal or vertical bars that divide the larger sheet of glass into smaller panes.  

A Guide to Window Grilles: Should You Add Them or Not?

Should You Get Window Grilles?

The architectural design of your home should be one of the biggest factors you need to consider. Your home likely falls into one of two categories: traditional or contemporary. For traditional architecture like New England or Colonial-style homes, the addition of window grilles allows you to achieve historical accuracy for any of these styles. On the other hand, if you’re going for a contemporary style, it’s best not to add grilles on your windows. This way, your home’s exterior exudes a more modern appeal.

Another thing to think about is the outdoor view. Many homeowners complain that grilles on windows obstruct a view. If you have a picture window that provides a beautiful view of your backyard, windows without grilles may be the best solution. Meanwhile, an empty and boring outdoor view can be made more interesting by distracting the viewer with an eye-catching window grille pattern. 

Which Window Types Work With Grilles or No Grilles?

  • Double-hung windows are a versatile window type. It comes with the option of no grilles, grilles only on top, only on the bottom and both. Either way, double-hung windows look great whichever you decide.
  • Casement windows can be fixed shut or cranked open. With this window style, many homeowners typically don’t use grilles. If your home is more of a traditional style, however, it’s up to you whether you want to add grilles on your casement windows or not. 
  • Picture windows are fixed windows that are often used to emphasize the gorgeous backyard view and bring in large amounts of sunlight. As such, picture windows without any grilles is ideal. You may still add window grilles to traditional homes, but take note that it may hinder your outdoor view.
  • Bay windows consist of one large window in the middle with two windows on the sides. While the final decision is up to you, many homeowners usually add grilles on either the middle window or the two other side windows. 
  • Bow windows are generally made up of four or more windows placed side by side. It helps capture the panoramic outdoors, making it the ideal choice if you want to have a view that overlooks your backyard. As such, window experts recommend not adding grilles on this window type, unless you have a traditional-style home.

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