Adding Window Grids: Pros and Cons
By Rebecca Wicks
Window grids or grilles are wood or PVC attachments that make plain windows look like divided lite windows. Divided lite windows, marked by a grid-like pattern are often coveted by homeowners for their decorative appeal and the unique look they lend to a window and overall home’s design. As all home improvement decisions, there are pros and cons to adding window grids to an existing window.
- It’s fairly inexpensive. Kits are sold for as low as $15 per window.
- You don’t need a lot of extra tools. All you need are scissors, a measuring tape and level.
- It can be done to virtually any window.
- Grids can lend a distinctive look to windows and doors.
- Grids can help a door or window match a specific historical period or architectural look.
- It’s not a true divided lite. For architectural and design purists, adhesive grids are considered inauthentic and cheap imitations.
- Authentic or not, grids makes your windows and doors more difficult to clean.
- After market grids may not stick long. Most products use a glue product, nylon clips or double-stick tape.
- It may be difficult to make your grids exactly straight.
- Many wood products may be too thick to work with ordinary sliding windows or doors.