Windows don’t require grilles to be structurally sound, but grilles add visual appeal to windows. Grilles come in different patterns, which might not work wonders for every situation. To use grilles to best effect, consider these tips from Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas City:
Adding grilles to residential windows is one of the best ways to bring out the character of your home. Many architectural styles share design elements, but some use certain window grille patterns exclusively to highlight their unique personality.
The crisscross grille design is indicative of Colonial, Georgian, Federal and Cape Cod homes. Prairie architecture even has its own grille pattern named after it. Tudor-style properties are synonymous with diamond-shaped window grilles while the fractional grille pattern is one of the symbols of the American Farmhouse.
If you live in a historic or architecturally conservative neighborhood, you ought to obey tradition. Otherwise, applying the grilles to your bay, bow, picture, specialty and sliding windows might cause more harm than good to your home’s curb appeal.
Dare to Be Different
Using grilles creatively can lend more art to your windows. While it’s imperative to think about architectural authenticity, consider going down the customization route when it’s acceptable to do so. Actually, it’s a great opportunity to put your personal touch on the design of your windows.
Unlike other window brands, Renewal by Andersen of Kansas City allows your imagination to run wild. Our experienced craftsmen can turn any visual concept into reality, granting you a lot of latitude in personalizing your grille patterns.
Play Tricks With the Eye
Sometimes, grilles can help you reconcile function with form, especially when you need to meet the latest fire egress code. If you want your casement units to look like double-hung windows, grilles can create the optical illusion. A simulated double-hung pattern can convincingly fool the eye, making the beholder think that the crank window is a sash unit.
Let Renewal by Andersen of Kansas City help you choose the right window grille pattern for your home. Call us at (913) 956-0887 today to schedule your FREE, in-home consultation and let’s talk about your window replacement needs. We serve homeowners in Independence, MO, and other nearby areas, including Olathe.