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Window Trends for 2015

2/2/2015 12:21:18 PM

As 2015 gets underway, you may be wondering what types of windows are bound to get more attention this year. If you’re replacing your windows soon, it pays to know the trends ahead of time so you can make a fashionable decision sure to increase home value.

Here are the window trends to watch out for in 2015.

Window Styles

You are likely to see window shapes that let in more natural light. That’s why sidelights and transom windows around front entry doors are popular this year. These windows create a distinct and elegant entryway to your home.

Windows that accommodate a more expansive view and ventilation are also trendy this year. Awnings and sliders meet these requirements with their horizontal configurations and ability to open wide when a tempting breeze blows by.

As homeowners continue to make their homes stand out, specialty shapes will abound in 2015. These are all about adding drama and light to the room. You can use specialty shapes alone or as a focal point with other window styles.

Window Materials

Fluctuating energy prices are on everybody’s minds. In fact, a leading reason to replace existing windows is to improve home energy efficiency. One of the most efficient window materials is fiberglass. This material is a natural insulator, so even without an additional thermal barrier, it provides excellent resistance against heat transfer.

Fiberglass also expands and contracts at a much lower rate than other window materials. This means, whether your goal is to keep out hot, humid summer air or cold, dry winter air, leaks are reduced when the window closes firmly.

Colors and Finishes

Aesthetics are very important, and the color and finish of new windows determine their appearance more than anything else. With the ability to customize colors and materials in dozens of combinations, you can create any look you want.

Exterior window finishes for 2015 tend to be lighter in color compared to the siding material. Interior colors really depend on the décor you have in each room. Practically infinite combinations mean the sky’s the limit.

Increasing Resale Value

Whether you plan to move soon or sometime in the future, replacement windows in general increase your home’s resale value. When making your selection, realize that homebuyers in 2015 are looking for windows with:
  • Expansive vistas
  • High energy efficiency
  • Low maintenance
  • Exceptional durability
  • Beautiful aesthetics
Keep in mind that clad windows—those with a wood core and aluminum, vinyl, or fiberglass exterior—tend to improve a home’s resale value more than non-clad windows—those without wood components.

Window Treatments

Curtain rods are getting thinner in 2015 while boldly patterned drapes make the windows a more prominent focal point in the room. Energy efficient options such as blackout curtains that block the light and cellular “honeycomb” shades that improve insulation are also popular this year.
 
If you’re ready to make your home window upgrade, please contact us directly or find a Weather Shield dealer today!
 

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