December 25th, 2016 8:02 AM by Jackie A. Graves, President
It’s about to be a new year
with a whole new view—if you install new windows on your home, that is. If your
resolution this year is to finally get your home decor in shape, then your
windows may just be a good place to start. After all, with interior design
trending towards natural elements, letting in a little outside light—and some
choice views of the outdoors—couldn’t hurt. And new windows take on both the
interior and exterior aesthetics of your home, letting you get a two-in-one
update for the price of one. Plus, with more efficient innovations than ever,
this year’s offerings are sure to net you some savings on your utility bills,
as well. Let’s take a look at what the future of windows looks like—and what
you can do to get these trends in your home today.
Ubiquitous and serviceable, sets of double pane windows are
still a popular choice among homeowners. But they don’t exactly have the
freshest look. Many have begun transforming these old standbys into wide
sliding glass or French doors, especially on a side wall where they can provide
additional outdoor access. It’s a great way to invite the outside in—and punch
up your home’s exits as well.
Eggshell and ivory are so old school! Vinyl frames are popping
up this year in a wide range of colors—everything from umber to rust to forest
green and back again. These models allow you to use your home’s trim and
accents to add extra polish to exterior decor, without sacrificing efficiency
or durability. Ditching the white has never looked so good!
Everything in homes is going wireless—so why not your windows,
too? While it may seem strange to think of digital windows, sensored glass
actually performs a pretty neat function. It uses environmental triggers to adjust
the tint on your windows, allowing more or less light and heat into your home’s
interiors. In fact, experts are predicting that connective glass will one day
interact with phones to offer an additional projection surface. While still
relatively new, you can get the first smart glass from View Dynamic Glass—and
kiss ugly blinds goodbye forever!
Continuing with the trend to bring more natural light indoors,
some homeowners have been going all in and converting whole sides of their home
into large glass curtain walls or window panels. While a glass wall is certainly
a big decision, it comes with huge rewards for your home’s overall
architectural aesthetics—and it offers a streamlined way to update an older
home, as well.
Historians, rejoice! Stained glass is finally making a comeback.
Modern stained glass pieces abandon the tight and ornate flourishes of old and
instead embrace geometric patterns and minimalist color panels that add a
quirky splash of color without feeling dated. In fact, these futuristic models can even charge your tablet for you!
It’s one thing to outfit your home with the latest efficiency
features. But that’s not always possible—especially when it comes to windows.
Not everyone has the wallet or the desire to replace their windows as
frequently as they do their iPhone. Retrofit products offer a compromise by
allowing homeowners to keep their existing frames and glass. In particular, we
have our eye on one innovation: transparent polymer panels that fit into existing windows to
improve the overall R-value. That might be a great solution for those
homeowners concerned with the long return on investment for efficient window
replacements. With developments like these, the future of windows is certainly
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