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As summer approaches, homeowners want to bring the light and vibrancy of the season indoors. To capture these desires, builders, architects and remodelers are constantly innovating to create spaces that blur the lines between interior and exterior living.  

To get ahead of the curve on what features homeowners will be seeking this summer, we spoke with leading window and door manufacturers, Pella Windows & Doors and Andersen Windows and Doors, about the design trends shaping the industry.

What do you see as the biggest trends in window and door design for summer 2024?

Pella: Indoor-outdoor living facilitated by big doors

There has continued to be an interest in utilizing a home’s full footprint. We’ve seen a rise in seamless transitioning between indoor-outdoor patios, outdoor kitchens and grill hubs. Depending on the project need, you can utilize a standard 4-panel sliding patio door all the way up to large scale multi-slide and bi-fold doors, which can make entry and exit points a dream. Other options with some unique features suit hosting and entertaining, like Pella’s custom strut awning window and multi-slide windows that pocket into a wall to create a natural flow from interior to exterior.

Location and access to air and light

This is the best time of year to use what you’ve got for doors and windows. Prioritizing and accessing light and air is one of the number one homeowner considerations for using their doors and windows.

Many homeowners are facing different challenges with space constraints in urban and suburban settings. Close neighbors come with a host of considerations and one trend we are seeing is windows in unique locations — up high on a wall, as a porthole or down at ankle-height. This provides access to light but mitigates sound and privacy concerns.

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How are homeowners prioritizing functionality vs. aesthetics when choosing summer windows and doors?

Andersen: Thankfully, people don’t have to choose between function and aesthetics for their windows and doors – they can have both! However, think about functionality differently: go beyond basic openings of windows and doors, and explore more options that can change how the outdoors integrate into your living experience.

Take the pass-through window, for example. Although it doesn’t immediately come to mind since it’s a newer residential introduction, hosting and everyday eating can be done even better with this feature. The new retractable screen for Andersen patio doors is another great example of how you can get the best of both worlds regarding functionality and aesthetics. If you have an Andersen patio door, you can opt for a retractable screen that will keep the breeze coming in and the bugs out, but when you’re not using it, you can’t see it. It’s a major aesthetic and functional win.

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Are there any unique design elements that are popular for summer window and door customization?

Pella: Screens are very important this time of year. Appearing when you need it and folding away when you don’t, Pella’s Hidden Screen is available on select wood and vinyl windows. The innovative screen provides easy and convenient access to fresh air and natural light without compromising the view.

Dealing with summer heat can make homeowners more considerate of the solar heat gain and reflections of the sun throughout the day. This means they are more conscious of their glazing selection and additional features like blinds or shades between the glass. Homeowners also continue to experiment with grille patterns on homes. After years of the 2×2 farmhouse modern ideal, we are starting to see a resurgence of traditional grid patterns and interest in prairie patterns again.

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Andersen: Windows are made for all year, but the true hero of the summer is the screen! Whether you’re taking in summer evening breezes, the sounds of the crickets, or just keeping the conversation flowing from inside to outside – screens are a summer must-have. They can be used on any window or door.

Screens are an element that many don’t think about until it’s not working as it should. We have expanded our innovative screen portfolio because it’s another way our customers can have an even better experience of their surroundings through windows and doors.

We just launched a new retractable screen for our patio doors that brings you all the functionality of a panel screen, but disappears when it’s not in use, so you keep your views clear. We also see people upgrade their screens to our Truscene screen this time of year, a patented screen made with micro-fine stainless-steel mesh that lets in more air and provides 50% greater clarity.

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How can window and door manufacturers help homeowners achieve energy efficiency goals during the summer months?

Pella: Not only do manufacturers need to make low-emissivity (Low-E) and specialty glazing options available for dual- and triple-pane products, but they also need to help educate homeowners. Windows with ENERGY STAR® certification are especially valuable for retail and replacement, with incentives from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

Options for blinds and shades between the glass, as well as the ability to control access throughout the day is not only empowering, but it creates the ability to mitigate heat gain throughout the day. Correct understanding about window placement before installation, available options for solar and light control and purchase options available after installation are all valued by the homeowner and relevant for manufacturers to educate and provide access to.

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Andersen: In the summer, the goal is to reduce the heat allowed into the home from outdoors, and windows and doors play a huge role. Homeowners can opt for a triple pane window or door – the additional pane of glass and air pocket slows heat transfer from the outdoors to the inside.

Another consideration is selecting the best glass, some of which are especially well-suited for specific climates. SmartSun glass is an excellent option for all climates – it helps shield your home from the sun’s heat and filters out 95% of harmful UV rays while letting sunlight shine through. If you’re in southern climates, you might choose sun glass, which offers outstanding thermal performance with a subtle tint that blocks out even more heat from the sun. Ultimately, we believe that for manufacturers, it’s essential that we continue to find ways to make windows and doors even more efficient to protect homes from the elements and save on resources needed to make a home comfortable.

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By understanding these summer design trends, you can create truly stunning and functional spaces that will satisfy your clients this summer. For help bringing the light outside indoors this season through windows, doors and skylights, partner with one of our trusted manufactures.

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