Replacement Window Grids

Feb 15, 2024

Replacement windows

Replacement windows are typically a once-in-a-lifetime purchase, so it is important to find a style that will suit your home and budget for years to come. There are many aesthetic options available for replacement windows that can increase the curb appeal of your home, so taking the time to review the choices is an important step in the replacement process. One decision to make is whether or not you want your new windows to have grids.

Sometimes referred to as grilles, divided lites, or muttons, window grids come in a variety of patterns and colors that can alter the overall look of your home. Whether you are looking for a more traditional aesthetic or a more modern look, grids can help you accomplish that look. Read on as we discuss some of the available options for replacement window grids for your Columbus, Ohio home.

Simulated Divided Lites (SDL)

One option available for replacement window grids is Simulated Divided Lites, often abbreviated as SDL. Simulated Divided Lites have a grid both in between the glass and on the outside of the

glass to give the illusion of different window panes. SDL grids have a more traditional appearance and can be customized with different colors and contours to fit the look of your home. However, some customers do find SDL grids more difficult to clean as there are multiple squares to wash instead of just one pane of glass.

Simulated Divided Lites
Simulated Divided Lites


Grids Between the Glass (GBG)

Another popular option for window grids is Grids between the Glass, also referred to as GBG. Grids between the glass are exactly that, they have a grid between the 2 panes of glass. Like SDL, GBG grids come in a variety of patterns and some different contours but there is often less flexibility with the look of GBG because they are in between the panes of glass. While this grid option tends to have a less traditional appearance, many homeowners find GBG grids easier to clean due to the grids being in between the glass.

Grids Between the Glass
Grids Between the Glass

Grid Patterns

No matter if you choose Simulated Divided Lites or Grids between the Glass, there are a variety of styles, colors, and patterns that you can choose from. Some of the available grid options include:

  • Cottage
  • Prairie
  • Colonial
  • Sunburst (for half-moon windows)

Want to see more available options? Click here to see available options from Provia, and click here to see available options from Marvin.


Choosing the style, color, and type of grids for your replacement windows can have a big impact on the overall aesthetics of your home so it is important to review the options to find what works best for you. At HEGG Windows & Doors, we work closely with our customers to find the perfect solution for their home improvement projects, and this includes explaining the various grid styles and if they could be a good fit for your project. If you are ready to schedule an appointment, click here or give us a call at 614-761-0890.