The structural worth of window grilles may not be as valuable anymore, but their aesthetic relevance remains strong. They play vital roles in historic home renovations because they help reinforce architectural integrity. This is why any mismatch between window grille design and architecture is often undesirable.
To use the right grille design in window replacement, Renewal by Andersen® of Omaha and Lincoln talk about the patterns used by popular home styles:
Colonial style homes usually feature double-hung windows with crisscross grilles, creating a visual replication of six, divided lights on each sash. This pattern pays homage to the architecture’s affinity with symmetry, which is also shared by Federal, Georgian and Cape Cod styles.
Prairie replacement windows are iconic for their grilles running along the sides, forming four long lights and four perfect squares. Since they leave the center plain, they capture practically unbroken sunlight and uninterrupted views.
The farmhouse grille pattern simply divides both panels of the double-hung window with a straight line in the middle. Craftsman bungalows also use this pattern, except only the upper sash is divided with two lines to form three individual lights.
Diamond-shaped grilles best characterize Tudor replacement windows. In some architectural interpretations, though, this pattern is only utilized in upper-floor glass units. The windows, along with the glazed patio door, at the ground level sport crisscross grilles.
Contemporary architecture generally abandoned the use of grilles to create a sleeker appearance. However, some modern home windows host simplistic patterns, like horizontal lines stretching along the top and the bottom of the glass, to create a more interesting look.
At Renewal by Andersen of Omaha and Lincoln, we can make any grille design lend more beauty to your home. Whether you want to revive a classic pattern or come up with an original one, we can embed them in your windows in different configurations. Call us at (402) 513-2828 today to talk about your window grille ideas Omaha, Bellevue or Lincoln, NE, and get a FREE estimate.