Now that we’re more than half way through the year, some trends are showing their staying power. Whether you’re gathering inspirations from architectural magazines or scrolling social media, here’s a quick recap of four trends that have demonstrated they’re here to stay.
1. dark is dramatic
Matte black has found its own way to shine in 2019 and beyond. Black framed windows make a statement and work well in a surprising variety of home styles. From modern to contemporary, even traditional, it might just be the refreshed look you are going for. While white framed windows and doors will always be a classic look, homes with darker windows and door frames are Weather Shield’s trending top sellers. (colors: ebony, obsidian, bronze)
2. customization is key
Customization is playing a major role in homeowners’ window and door selections with hardware styles and finish options among their top priorities. With a strong focus on innovation, Weather Shield has partnered with home and building industry leaders to expand our hardware and premium finish options to allow for additional window and door design customization.
From sizes and shapes to functionality and aesthetics, Weather Shield is known for making almost anything possible when it comes to windows and doors. For example, a Michigan family envisioned an expansive upgrade to the home they built 20 years ago. By working with an architect and choosing Weather Shield for their windows and doors, they were able to create the perfect custom solution with windows that span the back of their home and take advantage of the remarkable views across five rolling acres in Ann Arbor. Not only did they get the precise sizes and shapes they hoped, the family was able to customize the look with hardware and stain colors that match their personality.
Weather Shield’s impressive portfolio includes designer handle sets that offer customers additional personalization options. In partnership with industry-leading hardware suppliers, such as Ashley Norton, Baldwin®, Hoppe®, and EMTEK® and with over 34 new handle sets to choose from, designers and homeowners have a range of styles and finishes across the Contemporary Collection™, Premium Series™, and Premium Coastal™ product lines.
Weather Shield’s portfolio also includes 10 furniture-grade stains from Sherwin-Williams®. These stain offerings provide a furniture-grade finish, meaning they have an appearance that reflects a fine, quality piece of furniture and can deliver a consistent, cohesive finish throughout a home.
3. bring the outdoors in
When designing a home, there are a surprising number of ways to take homeowner health into consideration. Oversized windows and doors offer easier access and more visibility to the outdoors and can help dramatically reduce some health issues. So whether you’re clearing out walls for an open floor plan or looking to make the most of your views, expansive rooms and views are trending because they help reconnect people with the outdoors, open spaces and nature.
Weather Shield offers various product solutions within its Contemporary Collection™, Premium Series™, and Signature Series™ lines that embrace the shared space movement by offering more expansive views. For example, Multi-Slide Doors help bring the outdoors in with luxe, minimalistic design that maximizes any space, while a new line of Bi-Fold Windows and enhanced Bi-Fold Patio Doors offer exciting new options for opening living spaces to the outdoors.
Weather Shield has also recently expanded its Oversized Direct Set Windows to feature floor-to-ceiling glass up to 70 square feet and slim-line direct glaze rectangular frames that maximize the viewing area, among other product offerings.
4. sustainable design and energy efficiency
Choosing windows and doors that are properly insulated can save homeowners big time on heating and cooling utility bills.
Weather Shield has a highly energy efficient low-e glass solution—Zo-e-shield®. The glass has multiple low-e coatings to provide homes or businesses with superior energy efficiency. To improve energy efficiency further, Weather Shield has developed the Real Warm Edge spacer that helps insulate against cold air and condensation. Combined with Weather Shield’s low-e coating, these windows deliver exceptional energy efficiency compared to many competing brands.
make a statement
Aesthetically, windows and doors are the most important feature of the home – they’re what guests notice first when they visit and what complete the look of any home.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect centerpiece of your next design or want to bring some existing plans to the next level, Weather Shield has plenty of amazing window and door offerings that can help make every single one of your projects an absolute masterpiece.
Learn more about how Weather Shield’s windows and doors can elevate your project by calling us directly at 800-538-8836 or by locating your nearest Weather Shield dealer.