8 Popular Window Style Trends

Windows are one of the most important components of your home. Not only do they let natural light into your home, but they can also help improve energy efficiency, convenience, function, aesthetics, and more. Here are a few popular window style trends to help you decide on windows for your home:

1. Easy Opening and Cleaning

Windows that are easy to open and easy to clean are one of the most popular window style trends. A home that is well-ventilated can help reduce energy bills. For this reason, window styles that provide easy opening and/or large openings are becoming the new normal. Double-hung windows and vertical 4-track windows are two types of windows that meet this trend.

Double-Hung Windows

Double-hung windows allow for opening from the top or the bottom or both. This allows you to get some fresh air in your home and cool things off when it’s not quite hot enough yet for the A/C to come on. Plus, you can open them from the top to allow warm air to vent out while you use fans to circulate the air to help regulate your home’s interior temperature.

On top of that, double-hung windows also often have tilt-in capabilities. This makes cleaning your windows inside and out much easier and safer, especially when it comes to second-story windows.

Watch this time-lapse video to see Zephyr Thomas installing double-hung windows for this homeowner!

Vertical 4-Track Windows

Vertical 4-track windows are a common choice for patio enclosures. They can be opened completely to the top or bottom of the window track, which allows you to create a floor-to-ceiling view when you want.

They also allow in a lot of natural light and can give you some control over how much air you want to let in. On top of that, the window panels can be removed for easy cleaning. These are just some of the top benefits of a vertical 4-track patio enclosure.

Take a look at the video below to see the Zephyr Thomas team complete a three-season room addition with vertical 4-track windows for this homeowner!

2. High-Quality Vinyl Windows

High-quality vinyl windows are ever-increasing in popularity. This is due to their durability and their longevity as well as the fact that they are virtually maintenance-free. Vinyl replacement windows are available in a variety of color options that can match any home design.

They don’t require painting and are also less susceptible to the expansion and contraction that can occur with moisture, pressure, and temperature changes. Plus, there are many options to help increase energy efficiency like insulated windows, triple-pane windows, and more.

These are just a few of the things to look for when it comes time to shop for new windows and why high-quality vinyl windows should be at the top of the list.

The time-lapse video below shows the Zephyr Thomas team replacing outdated windows with high-quality vinyl windows for this church!

3. Millwork Window Frame Accents

A popular trend to spruce up the windows in a home is to add decorative millwork accents around the windows to frame them more ornately. These window accents can provide a classy aesthetic and create a more customized look within the home. In this way, they are a great way to upgrade a living space and can be a perfect finishing touch to complement the overall interior design theme of the home.

4. Grid Work and Texture

Grid work on windows is another popular way to create a little extra style and add a luxury feel to a home. Ornamental muntins are the thin pieces of wood that break up a large window pane and give the appearance of numerous smaller panes of glass.

Before larger glass panes were manufactured, larger window openings were achieved by using these muntins to assemble multiple panes to make one larger window. Today, they are used for aesthetics rather than structure and they can create a stately and classy appearance for the home.

They are even used in glass options for doors as they are popular door style trends. Some double-pane windows are available with muntins installed between the panes.

Check out the grid work on the new window Zephyr Thomas installed for this homeowner!

5. Exterior Style Elements

Millwork, grid work, and other textures can help add some style to the windows themselves and the interior of your home, but what about the curb appeal of exterior styles? One of the popular window style trends is to explore exterior window trim styles to help your windows stand out and to increase curb appeal. From shutters to no trim and a wide variety of trim options, there are plenty of styles available to help you get the look you want on your home.

6. Larger Windows

Windows are a great way to add more natural light to your home. The right shape, style, size, etc. can open up and brighten up a room while providing plenty of other benefits too. One of the popular window style trends is to go for larger windows.

There are many ways to incorporate windows into your home. When it comes to larger window options, you can opt for a picture window, bow window, bay window, and more. Corner windows are another option where large picture windows or floor-to-ceiling options meet in a corner for a seamless look and seemingly endless view. You could even work with a contractor to install a wall of windows!

Take a look at the Zephyr Thomas team installing a picture window in the video below!

7. Energy-Efficient Upgrades

Energy efficiency is always on-trend, especially when it comes to windows. Outdated or drafty windows and doors are often some of the top ways you might be losing money on your energy bills.

Between multiple panes of glass, insulation options, spacers, coatings, and more, there are plenty of energy-efficient window options to choose from. Great windows and good installation go a long way in making your windows as energy efficient as possible.

Access to various options, quality work, and peace of mind are just some of the benefits of professional window installation. On top of that, you may even be able to take advantage of energy-saving tax credits!

8. Upgrading While Replacing

There are a lot of things that go into the cost of replacement windows, including size, style, upgrades, etc. Another one of the popular window style trends is to upgrade windows when it is time to replace them instead of just replacing what’s there. For some homeowners, this means upgrading the quality of the windows while keeping the size the same.

For others, this means remodeling and upgrading to a larger bay or bow window instead of replacing the old windows with new windows of the same size. If you are ready to replace older windows in your home, consider upgrading the type or style of window in some areas rather than just replacing the old window with a new one of the same kind. Thinking about things like this can help you choose the best windows for your home.

The time-lapse video below shows the Zephyr Thomas team replacing windows for this homeowner!

Get New Windows For Your Home With Zephyr Thomas

When considering new windows for your home, keep these popular window style trends in mind. If you would like to review the replacement window options that are available for your home, give Zephyr Thomas a call at (717) 399-4708! You can also stop by our showroom to see some window options in person!