March 22, 2017

Keeping Up with 2017’s Glass Trends

by Erin Johnson

Throughout the first quarter of any new year, taking stock of new trends set to affect our industry is an important task. Luckily, it’s also a fun one.

What’s hot in design this year? Topping Builder Magazine’s list for 2017 window trends is transitional living, the seamless blending of indoor and outdoor spaces. And what’s not to love about walking right from the couch to your patio without so much as having to open a door?

Per Builder:
The trend has consistently dominated design demand for consumers who want open floor plans and outdoor entertainment space. Earlier this year, the AIA logged a 61% increase in firms reporting their clients wanted blended indoor-outdoor living.

Most notable for builders here is that this trend is in demand for both millennial and baby boomer home buyers. Both demographics are gravitating to transitional living that affects the entirety of home design, and perhaps most prominently, it affects traditional fenestration. A typical sliding glass door doesn’t cut it—consumers pursuing transitional living want a complete transformation.

Correlate a move toward transitional living with reports of an increasingly strong renovation market, and it’s something worth keeping our eyes on. Houzz recently released its 2017 State of the Industry report for the U.S. Residential Renovation and Design market, noting that 2016 was the strongest year in recent history for residential renovation and design firms, and that 2017 is looking to be even stronger.

For fenestration professionals, this could mean a few things:

Performance is necessary

Consumers only want to “let the outside in” when it’s comfortable to do so, of course. If that means replacing a traditional wall with a sliding or folding glass wall, that glass needs to deliver significant thermal performance. Sustainability is something many homeowners taking on a renovation take seriously, and often view window upgrades as an investment that will show some return in their energy bills.

Customization is king

Stock window shapes and sizes don’t cut it. Homeowners want their specific needs met, and that means window and glass suppliers operating here must continue to account for custom shapes and sizes, all while delivering performance.

Vinyl on the upswing

Wood frames tend to stick in the mind of homeowners as the peak of luxury, but for several reasons, vinyl is no longer simply the “cheap” option. They’re cost-effective, yes, but they can also deliver higher thermal performance and greater versatility in design with a virtually endless series of color options. Vinyl isn’t “cheap”—it’s smart, and it’s becoming more apparent to homeowners.

Questions or comments? Contact me directly at Erin.Johnson@Quanex.com.

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Posted: March 22, 2017 by Erin Johnson Filed under: glass, residential, trends, vinyl