It’s a no-brainer to choose high-quality, durable windows for your home or business. After all, they have to withstand the harsh elements of New England and keep your heating costs down. But you don’t have to sacrifice aesthetics for quality when considering which windows are best for you. You really can have the best of both worlds. That’s where grids come in.
Optional grid inserts in your windows can transform their entire appearance. The pattern, color and style you choose will determine if you want a traditional or more modern look for your home. Adding grids to your windows can enhance the uniformity and consistency of your exterior, while breaking up the monotony of such a large glass area.
In choosing the right grid pattern for you, it’s important to take a look at the style of home you have. With both ready-made windows and custom versions available to enhance your house, you can choose from a variety of pre-finished grids in a spectrum of colors to match the window frames. From wood and vinyl to metal and composite, you have your pick of the materials you want. Just keep in mind that the fancier the design, the higher the price.
Let’s go over some typical home styles and see which grids are best for each.
Often featuring light, double-hung windows, grids for Colonials (and also Capes) have six individual panes of glass. You may also see some homes with large non-operating picture windows flanked by small panes on the front of the home.
Characterized by brick, stucco and exposed timber accents, this type of home often features a diamond-pattern grid that lends an Old World European look. You may see this pattern covering the whole window or just in the top panel of a double-hung window, points out HGTV.
Because Victorian style homes are highlighted by ornate, elaborate decoration both inside and out, it’s not surprising to see diamond-patterned grids on top of the window sash with a plain full-glass panel on the bottom. Sparkling colored art glass windows were also indicative of long-ago Victorian structures. Today’s twist usually involves Colonial-style window grid patterns with six to eight lights on each panel, with fanlights overhead to allow for more natural sunlight.
As we entered the mid-20th century, we witnessed the evolution of home design through plain glass panels, particularly with casement or awning windows for a sleeker, neater look. To add visual interest, simple grid patterns like a plain horizontal valance along the top offset by a horizontal line can be incorporated.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
Looking for assistance on the best grid pattern for your new windows? Rescom Exteriors can help you determine the best fit depending on your needs, home style and budget. Check out our window style guide to see the diverse range of window styles we offer, many of which are available with unique grid patterns that we can customize for you. Call us today at 508-832-5202.