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Should You Add Grilles to Your New Windows?

When it comes to purchasing new windows for your home, you might be wondering whether you should add grilles or not. Allow Renewal by Andersen® of Atlanta to help you determine whether or not these decorative elements are a good choice for your replacement window units. 

Should You Add Grilles to Your New Windows?

What Are Window Grilles?

Also known as a “muntin,” the grille is a strip of material that divides the pane of glass in your windows. Grilles are an integral component of window design, which dates back a few centuries. Apart from being expensive to produce, manufactured glass is also hard to transport. To keep it from breaking during voyages across seas, glass came in several smaller panes. Upon arrival, these smaller panes were assembled via connecting grilles into the window unit.

Window technology has progressed since then, but grilles remained a staple component albeit for aesthetic purposes. At Renewal by Andersen, you can choose to add grilles to your replacement windows or leave them bare. Your decision will depend on several factors, however, which we discuss in detail below.

Your Home Style

If you’re thinking about adding window grilles to your home, one thing to think about is the architectural style of your house. This is because the style of your home determines whether or not the grilles will fit. Traditional home architecture – Colonial, Craftsman, Farmhouse, etc. – benefits from windows with grilles because they lend to the overall appearance of such homes. The same cannot be said for modern or contemporary homes, which feature geometric and linear elements in the form of sleek frames and larger glass areas.

The Outdoor View

When thinking about adding grilles to your home windows, you also need to consider the view. This is because grilles can sometimes block your view of the outdoors. However, whether or not they’ll look good in your windows is determined by the view you have of outside.

If one of your windows is framing a tree in your garden or a picturesque landscape, it would be better to not add grilles. Doing so will only disrupt the beautiful vista. On the other hand, you may choose to add grilles to other window units if they are facing a rather boring or dull view.

Renewal by Andersen of Atlanta has got you covered for all your window replacement needs. Our team installs industry-leading products with energy-efficient features that can help you save on energy bills while enhancing your home’s curb appeal. Call (404) 491-0124 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We work with homeowners in Atlanta and other nearby communities.


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