Replacement windows also are getting larger, Hayfield’s Rouhoff says. “Homeowners used to leave the frame and put a pocket window inside,” he explains. “Now, half of them remove the frame and take it back to the original opening and put in a brick mold.” Thermo-Tech’s Cook agrees. “Homeowners are responding to the idea of having more light and getting a full-frame replacement.”
Glass Accessories Rise
More style options are being offered for glass as homeowners try to customize their look. “Customers like camed glass to match their home’s style,” ODL’s Fowler says. “Antique brass caming is popular, too. We’ve done surveys to ask customers about finishes, and more say they want antique brass, with a less ‘brassy’ look. They want more weathered styles, like satin nickel, which have a patina and a softer tone to them.” The preference is generated by other finishes in the home, such as lighting and fixtures, she notes. Others are extending their accessory pieces, too. “We’ve expanded our Grilles Between Glass line and internal mini blinds,” Therma-Tru’s Fielding says.
“This is getting to be a big category, and we wanted to provide a stronger offering. In new homes, GBGs often are used on the front of the house, and homeowners are asking for GBG in their door glass to complement the look.”
Architectural style plays a big role in window and door preferences, manufacturers agree. But the default position is to simple, clean looks in the Craftsman tradition. “We’re seeing a continuing trend to more minimalistic lines, simple and elegant,” ODL’s Fowler says. “There’s a retro spirit to renovating these older homes. Even 1970s homes are now 40 years old.”
Regional preferences also come into play in choosing the window type, Simonton’s Stark says. “Different types of windows are popular in different regions. Double-hung windows are by far the most popular in the Midwest and Northeast, mostly due to architectural styles. In the South and Southwest, we see more shapes, sliders and single-hung windows. In the West, sliders are popular, again due to architecture. In many of those areas, they are replacing aluminum windows and want a similar style in a more energyefficient or high-quality material.”