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Anderson full divided lite grille vs simulated divided lite grill

Posted by jennyzh (My Page) on
Mon, Jan 18, 10 at 1:02

I am construction a new house, which is a traditional look house. My interior designer has picked Anderson 400 window with Prairie A type grille. I am going to order the window next week, but we are struggling between grille option, whether to choose full divided light grille or simulated divided grille. The full divided light grille has spacer between the glass and the simulated divided light grille does not have the spacer in between glass. Of course, FDL looks nicer, and is more expensive. I wonder how much difference people will notice between FDL and SDL. Any experience or advice to share? Thanks in advance!


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RE: Anderson full divided lite grille vs simulated divided lite g

I would say go with the muntin grid and not true divide lites. Ive put in almost 200k windows in my day and no one as ever bought the true divided lites. plus depending on the dividers you may have thermal issues...


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RE: Anderson full divided lite grille vs simulated divided lite g

I did the spacer bar on the windows in my house. Once the muttin is 7/8" or thinner I found it to be very easy to see through. On the doors I used 1 1/8" and it is very hard to tell I did not use the spacer bar. If you haven't purchased yet I'd spend the extra and get Woodrights. I think they are a much better window- easier to tilt, no exposed wood on the exterior and no glazing beads.


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RE: Anderson full divided lite grille vs simulated divided lite g

This is an old thread, but I was just looking at these today and thought I would add my 2 cents for anyone else who might stumble across this in the future.

On the patio doors I looked at, the spacer was aluminum/steel/silver colored and was just too noticeable. I can see how you could see through narrower grills (or see odd shadow/light patterns), but I don't think we would do the SDL even if they didn't cost extra.


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RE: Anderson full divided lite grille vs simulated divided lite g

"On the patio doors I looked at, the spacer was aluminum/steel/silver colored and was just too noticeable. I can see how you could see through narrower grills (or see odd shadow/light patterns), but I don't think we would do the SDL even if they didn't cost extra."

You can get that spacer in bronze/black to make it less noticeable from some manufactures. You cannot beat the SDL look.


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