Grids or No Grids in Windows

Grids or No Grids in Windows

Grids or no grids in windows? That's a question that a lot of homeowners ask. While the windows you select can increase your home's value and maximize your curb appeal, there are several styles to choose from. Let's explore when to select grid versus no grid windows and which might make the best choice for your home. 

What are Window Grids?

In selecting grids or no grids on windows, some homeowners want to know what is the point of window grids? Window grids hold panes in place. There are several styles to choose from. However, let's start with muntins and mullions. 

Muntins Versus Mullions

Muntins are wood in the frame that separates multi-pane glass. Initially referred to as "moontans" or "mountaynes", they date back to 1688. While not visually appealing, they supported large windows where the outer building wall couldn't support the extra weight. An example is Westminster's 45-foot high window

Mullions are a single support that hangs vertically in two-pane windows. They date back to the Victorian Age when it was too expensive to hang large sheets of glass. Hence, smaller devices could hold glass panes in place.

Types of Window Grids 

Do you want contemporary or colonial house windows without grids Window grids are how windows are divided while the pattern depends on the house style.

Here are a few examples: 

  • Casements: Found in prairie-style houses, these don't have sashes but offer the most light. The sliding-type has grid patterns that are the same on the sashes. 
  • Colonial Grids: These are usually symmetric double-hung windows, i.e., the same all-around and on every floor. They might be six-over-six square grids or nine-over-nine.  
  • Craftsman Grids: These are usually double-hung and four or six grids on the top sash with the bottom open. With Craftsman Bungalow, the grille pattern varies. Bungalow styles are sometimes elongated at the top sash or have rows of squares.
  • Detachable Grids: These include removable dividers if you're remodeling and will eventually switch to grids. 
  • Farmhouse-Style: These are functionality windows and single- or double-hung. With a chunky trim, the grille design lets in the most light and ventilation. They might have a grille at the top sash with the bottom open.
  • Grids Between the Glass: These internal grids fit in a pane, are easy to clean, decorative and sturdy. 
  • Prairie-Style Grids: These differ from Colonial and Craftsman. With overlapping grilles on the glass's edge, views are unobstructed with smaller squares in the window's corners.
  • Simulated Divided Lites: Wind-resistant, durable and designed for the front of a house or bay windows, these bond to a window's exterior and interior. 
  • Victorian-Style: They're usually tall, decorative, elaborate and in different colors and sizes. With diamond grilles or small square grids, the views are unobstructed.

Should I Get Grids or No Grids in Windows?

Have a colonial or traditional home? Maybe you did an online search for "Do windows look better with or without grid?" Or, you want to know "Are windows with grids out of style?" Grids make big windows look smaller and some homeowners think the style is dated but they can help you maintain a consistent style. As an example, simulated divided lites are ideal for homes with wood frames. Grids also reduce energy costs as the sun's heat (solar heat coefficient) is blocked by them. However, drawbacks include that grids are hard to clean and can block your view. 

Do you have a contemporary home? Some homeowners want unobstructed light. With bungalows, contemporary and ranch-style homes, it's easier to clean the windows. When deciding, match your new frames with your existing windows, i.e., (black frames, white frames). If price is a factor, wood and vinyl are cost-efficient. 

Let Your Decision Be Crystal Clear

Choosing between grid vs no grid windows is a personal preference. Is your home traditional or contemporary? Do you want unobstructed light or energy efficiency? Grid windows lower energy costs and are ideal for the front of a home. However, bay windows are easy to clean and offer optimal viewing. With so many options, schedule a FREE consultation with a window specialist to help you decide.  


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