It’s no secret that homeowners are veering more toward the modern and contemporary in their style choices. And that minimalism includes the window market, where it’s manifesting itself in the form of clean lines, simple shapes, dark colors, and more glass. Beyond looks, homeowners expect high performance, in the form of efficiency, functionality, and durability. If you’re interested in getting new windows in your home but you find yourself torn between all the options – maybe taking a read of window trends in 2018 might help make your decision a little easier.
Window Trend 1: Energy Efficient Double Glazing
Saving money with energy efficient windows is always in style, and it’s no exception for 2018! As energy costs rise, replacing your home’s windows with new, energy efficient options can help you get the most from your window installation investment. The popularity of energy-efficient windows has been growing for so many years, they might not even be considered a “trend” at this point, but rather the new normal. With saving money on everyone’s list our first trend is all about energy efficient glazing. This starts with making double glazing windows the most popular option with many homes in Southampton and the rest of the UK displaying Double Glazing. This is due to being energy efficient along with other factors such as maximum security.
Window Trend 2: Maximising Light
The primary reason for installing windows in our homes is to let in light. It’s the very reason windows were invented! It makes sense then to ensure that we get the maximum amount of light possible.
There are many things to consider when replacing your windows; budget, uPVC versus aluminium, colour, window furniture, etc. However, another important factor is the frame. If you want to maximise the amount of light coming in – and your views out – choose a window design with as little frame as possible. Here at Sage Windows and Doors, we offer a range of different window designs to choose from, take a look at our online quoting tool to see what we have to offer.
Don’t assume you have to replace your windows like for like. If your current windows have fan lights – the little windows at the top – are they really necessary? How often do you use them? Would it matter if you opened the main sash instead? Most double glazed windows have a night lock option for secure ventilation. This allows you to have the main sash open in a locked position. The gap is wide enough to allow for a draft on warm days, or to let the kitchen smells out, but not so wide that the cat can escape!
Window Trend 3: Open Plan
Open plan living is as popular as ever. Creating light and airy spaces by knocking down the odd wall to create a sociable living/cooking/eating area for our family and friends is on many wish lists! There are only so many walls that can be removed, though, and this is where people are starting to discover steel windows as partitions, which also taps in to the trend for the industrial look.
Replacing solid walls with Crittal-style floor to ceiling steel windows is the ideal way to retain that light & airy look and feel, while subtly segmenting zones. With their black, slim frames, steel windows are striking yet minimal and can suit many different styles of homes. The steel is often recycled, strong and thermally efficient.
As well as creating the industrial look indoors, there is of course the option of adding aluminium windows and doors to give your home an industrial look from the outside, too. Aluminium windows and doors are enjoying a renaissance at the moment. Slim frames create a clean and simple look whilst letting in light and maximising sight lines. Two trends in one!
Window Trend 4: Open Plan
Through the years, homeowners have been favoring open floorplans and integrating their indoor and outdoor living spaces. Not surprisingly, one of the newest window trends for 2018 is pass-through windows. Pass through windows are a great way to connect two rooms of your home while still maintaining some separation. This trend includes a variety of window shapes that can work great in any room in your home. From folding windows such as French Doors or Patio Doors connecting your living room and kitchen, to garage-style windows opening the space between patio and backyard, pass through windows can help transform your home’s space for a bright and spacious new year.
At Sage Windows and Doors, we carry a wide variety of window shapes, to transform any space in your house!
Our Design Experts Can Help You Keep Up with Window Trends
For over 30 Year, Sage Windows and Doors has been connecting homeowners in the Hampshire, Winchester, and Southampton area to unique, high-efficiency windows and doors from many of today’s top window manufacturers. Whether you are looking for replacement windows or working on new home construction, our window design experts can help you choose products that will carry you into 2018 and beyond. Our selection is among the best in the Hampshire, Winchester, and Southampton area. Plus, we can perform a professional installation to ensure you get the most from your investment.