Adding window grids to your existing windows is a quick, inexpensive, and easy way to update your home’s look without having to install new windows. You can modify any type of window with grids, or mullions, whether it’s double-hung, sliding, or casement, and made out of metal, vinyl, or wood. The do-it-yourself grid kits usually have pieces made out of white polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, but you can paint them any color prior to installation.
Check out the easy steps below to get started transforming your windows.
Step 1 — Measure the Window
First, measure the vertical and horizontal dimensions of your window. Only measure the width and height of the single pane to be subdivided with window grids. Take into consideration any bevel that the window sash has in it that’s extending from the glass to the frame.
Step 2 — Determine the Window Subdivision
Most window grids are designed to create three squares width-wise and two vertically per sash. Your kit may come with exact specifications for sizing, or it might give you the freedom to customize your own pattern. Just ensure that you equally space your grids before installing.
Step 3 — Mark the Window
Once you’ve decided how to set up the grid, mark lightly with a pencil on the window frame where each strip of grid will be placed both horizontally and vertically. For the cross pieces that will affix to the glass, mark the intersection points lightly with an erasable pen. Use the level as a straightedge to ensure the grid will be plumb.
Step 4 — Cut the Grid Pieces
If you can customize the kit, cut the strips of PVC with a miter saw to length. If there is a bevel on the sash, you can cut the ends of the strip to correspond with the angle to create a seamless transition. If your kit is not customizable, follow the direction per the package instructions.
Warning: Use safety precautions when using a miter saw, including wearing proper safety gear like eye goggles and gloves.
Step 5 — Paint the Grid Pieces if Needed
If need be, paint the grid pieces to match the window color, preferably with spray paint. Let the pieces fully dry before installing. You may need to spray paint up to three coats to achieve your desired look.
Step 6 — Apply Tape
Apply the double-sided tape to the backside of the mullion pieces if they do not already come affixed. Start with the intersections on the glass, removing the paper backing and sticking the pieces to the window. Line up each strip with the crossed lines, and affix them in the same way. Press down to ensure a good bond with the glass. Keep your level handy to maintain straightness.
Step 7 — Install Grid
Before installing the grid, make sure your measurements are correct. Although the pieces can be pulled off and redone, the double-sided tape will have to be replaced. Removing the tape could also strip the paint from the grid.
Done correctly, using a do-it-yourself window-grid kit will fool anyone into thinking you have an authentic, old-fashion grille, and your new look can even increase your property value.