You may think that grilles are all about letting in air. That's what the slits are for, right? Well, yeah! But you can't deny that these grilles, especially those on the front end or the bumper, help create a perfect look for your vehicle as well. The grille can make your ride look flashier, fiercer, or even more luxurious. So if you want style and function all rolled into one, you may want to consider your options.
Grilles come in OEM factory style and custom designs. If you simply want a replacement that will retain the same look of your car, then go for OEM style. But if you want something different (with more designs and options to choose from), shop for custom bumper accessories.
Type of materials
Aluminum, stainless steel, or ABS plastic? So what's it going to be? To help you make up your mind, here's what you have to know about the different types of materials used in car grilles:
- Stainless steel - It is by far the most durable of all grille materials. In fact, it is three times tougher than aluminum. Stainless steel grilles have high resistance to corrosion and wear. They're quite easy to maintain as well, making them a great choice for off-road vehicles.
- Aluminum - What makes aluminum a commonly used material for grille construction is its light weight and flexibility. It can be easily molded into different shapes and designs. It's tough (though not as durable as stainless steel) and resistant to corrosion. This metal may sport a dull gray or sleek silvery color.
- ABS plastic - The best selling point of ABS plastic grilles is their cheaper price, not to mention that they're really light. This material won't rust. However, it's not as durable as steel.
The finish can make a difference to the overall effect or look of the grille. To help you decide what kind of grille to get, here are the different types of finish to think about:
- Chrome - What you'll like about this finish is that it's highly polished. So if you want something sleek on your vehicle exterior, then this could be the best choice for your grille.
- Painted - This is actually a subtype. The frame or mesh may be painted to complement the design and look of the vehicle.
- Powder coated - This gives the grille the grainy surface. It may have the effect of graphite or matte.
- Customized - Different grille manufacturers offer different types of finish, from sleek to out of the ordinary.