Replacing your windows is an excellent way to add value to your home. Window grids, sometimes called window grills or window muntins, divide glass window panes into smaller pieces. Usually constructed of vinyl, aluminum, PVC, or wood, these window strips are an attractive choice for many homeowners. If you are in the market for new windows, you will need to decide if you want grids or not. Although this is partially determined by what style of house you live in, window grids are ultimately a personal stylistic decision.
Three Types of Grid Windows
There are three basic types of grids: simulated divided lites, grids between the glass, and detachable grids. Simulated divided lite grids are bonded to the windows, on the interior and exterior. This type of grid is considered sturdy, durable and long-lasting. Simulated divided lite grids are often the best choice for bay windows.
“Grids between the glass” windows are windows that come with internal grids already installed. This type of grid is often used for a decorative touch, but grids between the glass are also reliable and long-lasting.
Detachable grids are removable, as the name suggests. These grids are sometimes referred to as the “Goldilocks” of grids, because they offer a good middle ground option. These grids are not permanent, so they offer you some flexibility. Although these grids can be detached, it is smart to avoid unnecessary changes.
Since window grids offer an appealing look, many owners opt to place them on the front windows of their homes. There are many different window grid design options for you to choose from, such as colonial, prairie, diamond, and others. A window professional can help you determine which type of grid, and which design would look best on your windows. You can also always apply painters tape to your windows to try window grids on for size.
Houses That Look Good with Grids
Grids are most common on colonial homes, traditional homes and homes with wooden windows, but many types of homes can benefit from this stylistic choice. For the most part, ranch-style homes, modern houses, and bungalows look better with ungridded windows.
Windows without grids are easier to clean, and they allow more light into your home. On the other hand, beyond the appealing look of grid windows, grids offer a practical benefit as well. By helping to block more of the sun’s ray, grid windows can actually reduce your power bill.
The Bottom Line
Grid windows come to down to a matter of style: some homeowners prefer them and some do not. If you’d like to make a decorative window enhancement that can also improve the energy efficiency of your home, you may want to buy grid windows. If you’d like to maintain a modern look and feel, gridless windows may be a better fit. And if you just can’t decide, you can always opt for detachable grids. Speak to someone from BNW Builders to make the best choice for your home.