Lattice Windows: Advantages and Disadvantages

Written by AnonymousApril 4, 2011

Examining Lattice Windows: Advantages and Disadvantages

A lattice window is a type of window casement, either fixed or hinged, with glazed bars running diagonally. Early designs used individual pieces of glass for each panel, but modern designs are made of one piece of glass crisscrossed with detachable grids than can be popped in or out of the window frame. You can also use lattice windows indoors. Depending on whether your window is old or new, there are several advantages and disadvantages to lattice windows.

When purchasing lattice windows for new-construction, make sure the design complements the style of the home. For replacement windows, contact a custom manufacturer or craftsman that will reproduce the window with modern-day efficiencies. 

Advantages

The advantages of lattice windows are:

  • Variety. Slender, elongated styles are popular, but lattice windows also come in other shapes. Diamond grids are available for fixed, double-hung, casement, and sliding. Material options include aluminum, vinyl, wood, and clad combinations. Manufacturers also offer frosted, tempered, or solar-treated options.
  • Energy savings. Modern lattice windows include double or triple paned glass for reduced air and moisture leakage. This helps decrease the amount of heat and air conditioning used, resulting in lower energy bills.
  • Attractive. Lattice windows are historic and elegant. Old styling adds curb appeal to the home. Some lattice windows bear intricate details while others have a crisscrossed design. Either design can be used on old or modern homes, churches, and gazebos.

Disadvantages

The disadvantages of lattice windows are:

  • Exposure to elements. The exterior side of lattice windows may wear faster than the interior side due to greater exposure to the elements.
  • Cost. The design makes lattice windows more expensive than other types of windows. Replacing them requires custom manufacturing or the expertise of a craftsman, so replacement costs are even higher.

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