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Question DetailsAsked on 9/2/2015

When replacing a foyer window and two regular wiindows, can the foyer plate glass window grids be slightly larger t

We are replacing one foyer window and two bedroom windows of front of our house. The grid size on the foyer window will be 15" and the grids on the two other windows will be 12". Will this look bad

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Its your home do what you want. unless your in a co-op or a condo, or a home owners association, there your hands are tied, also landmarks and historic districs get to restrict what you can and can not do too., but out side of those limitations, do what you like.

Answered 5 years ago by the new window man


If the foyer window is more dominant or larger glass area, I don't think it will look too bad. If physically close to one of the other windows, or same size glass panes (especially if at same level on the house) then it might look a bit funny, but only an obsessive person would probably be "bothered" by it.

Have a computer ? Clip manufacturer catalog images of the windows, reduce print at correct proportional size and glue on a printed (even just low-quality computer printed) 8x10 or 8-1/2x11 photo of the front of your house and see how it looks from several feet away.

Or take some plain paper and felt-tip grids on it or applique with cardboard to make the right size grids on it and then tape over your existing windows, then go outside to see how it looks. To get fancier, do on a scrap of visqueen vapor barrier so the window is transparent, unless you have grids already that would interfere.

Or go gridless on the foyer window to make it look more like a picture or view window. Most windows these days, to meet energy standards, are not true "divided light" windows with individual panes set in the grid - they are single panes with insert grids that just snap into place, so you could try it both ways in that case and see which you like best.

NOTE - if you take the grid out of a gridded window, take a close look at the hole to dsee if it penetrates into the interior of the frame. If wood frame or is open to the inside of the aluminum or fiberglass frame (as opposed to just being a blind hole in the vinyl), then the grid holes in the frame should be caulked closed if on the outside. Many brands the grids are on the inside so filling the holes is more an aesthetic thing, though if in an area where you get condensation or icing on your windows in the winter, at least the holes in the bottom of the frame should be sealed closed.

BTW - I have been asked how to color match caulk on aluminum/stainless frames. OF course you can use long-life paintable caulk and paint with silver paint - model plane/railroad paints from a hobby store work well and come in several different metal colors. Silver conductive silicone sealant from electronics parts stores is also a close match as is - but be careful - makes a terrific mess and VERY hard to get off if you get sloppy.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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