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    How To Assemble & Install Your Window Grille Insert

    How To Assemble & Install Your Window Grille Insert

     

       

    At FixHome, we're dedicated to making the process of ordering, assembling, and installing window grilles as easy as possible. Check out this new video that goes through window grille installation, from when you receive your package in the mail to putting the finished product in the window!

    Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Energy Efficient Glass

    Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Energy Efficient Glass

    While shopping for windows on FixHome's website, you may notice that there is a glass option called "Low-E". Low-E is short for Low-Emissivity, meaning that this window glass doesn't allow much heat to pass through it. This eco-friendly glass has an invisible coating on it which allows visible light through the window, but keeps infrared waves, which transfer heat, out.

    Windows are the main cause of heat loss from your home in the winter, and cool air loss from your home during the summer. Not only does this make your home less comfortable, but it is also incredibly inefficient. As a result of this loss of heat and cool air through your windows, homeowners end up spending more money on energy to heat or cool their homes.

    With Low-E glass, homeowners can cut their heating and cooling costs, and maintain a more comfortable climate within their home. Though the Low-E option may cost more upfront, a reduced energy bill every month adds up over time. Additionally, Low-E glass adds resale value to your home, as the eco-friendly, energy efficient glass will save potential homebuyers money. The windows are particularly appealing to home owners and potential home-buyers who are looking to reduce their carbon footprint. 

    FixHome offers a Low-E glass option for all of our decorative windows. If you're shopping for new windows or window glass, and make sure to consider this eco-friendly option.

    Shop FixHome's decorative windows here.

    What's In A Name? A Window Grille Vocabulary Lesson

    window grilles add value to your home

    Muntin:

    A muntin is a bar that separates two panes of glass within a window, helping to hold the window glass in place.

    Mullion:

    A mullion is a bar that separates units of windows. 

    Sash Divider:

    A sash divider is an individual bar that divides panes of glass in a window. A sash divider is different than a muntin in that it is not physically dividing the glass, but is placed on top of the glass to create the appearance of a divided window.

    Grille:

    A window grille (also called a window grid) is a collection of sash dividers that are bound together. Window grilles do not actually separate panes of window glass, but sit on top of one big window pane and create the appearance that the glass is divided into diamonds, rectangles, squares, or other shapes.

    Grate:

    A window grate is a frame made up of intersecting parallel and vertical bars. It is usually made out of iron or other heavy metal material, and is often used for security purposes.

    Divided Light:

    A divided light window is made up of several individual panes of glass that are held together by muntins.

    Stimulated Divided Light (SDL):

    A stimulated divided light window is made up of one pane of glass that has a window grille placed on top of it, creating the illusion of divided window panes.

    How to Measure Accurately

    How to Measure Accurately

    DIY home improvement projects are satisfying to complete. They involve overcoming challenges and you often learn a lot in the process. Updating your home's interior and exterior look with window grilles is an easy do-it-yourself project. All you have to do is measure your window, place your order from Fixhome.com, and then assemble and install your new grille bar inserts. In this process, measuring accurately may be the most difficult part.

    Common Tape-Measure Mistakes

    • Bending the ruler. When trying to measure the inside of a window, it is common for people to bend their tape measure to fit inside the frame, resulting in an inaccurate reading. To avoid this, place your entire tape measure inside the window, with the base of the tape measure snug against the frame. Your tape measure tells you the length of it's base on the side, so you can simply add this to the length you measure in order to get a more accurate reading.

    • Ignoring the hook. The loose hook at the end of a tape measure is an important feature that is often misused. The first inch of your tape measure is exactly 1/16" short. When you hook your ruler on the outside of something to get a measurement, the loose hook extends outwards to create a 1/16" gap. The metal hook is exactly 1/16" wide, so if you measure something with the hook pressed snug against an edge, the hook will shift inwards and the width of the hook will be added to the measurement length. 

    Measuring Visible Glass for FixHome Grilles

    When measuring your window for FixHome grilles, it is important to only measure the daylight opening of your window. This is the area of visible glass in your window, from the inside of your house. The daylight opening measurement does not include the window frame or the window sash.

    Other Measuring Tips

    • Write down the measurements as soon as you get them. There is nothing more frustrating than taking the time to get an accurate measurement, and then forgetting it a second later.
    • Make sure your tape measure is in good shape. Overtime, tape measures can get worn down. Fading makes the markings difficult to see, and any bending or breaking may result in inaccurate readings.

    FixHome is dedicated to creating an easy, stress free ordering process for our customers. If you're still having trouble, call us and we will be happy to help you.

    For more measuring tips, view our How to Measure page.