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Replacement Window Trend – Black Is Back

If you thought that black windows were only for industrial or modern home styles, think again. While black steel-framed windows first became popular in factories around the turn of the 20th century, they slowly worked their way into residential spaces. When aluminum windows stole the show, they waned in popularity, but as trends tend to ebb and flow, the industrial look has spilled over into mainstream architecture and black is back.

Black Window Frames Are Timeless

Whether your home is industrial, modern farmhouse, contemporary, or even Victorian, black windows work well. That’s because while black can be seen as a bold color, it is also a neutral color in that it does not compete with other colors. It blends conservatively with darker colors and contrasts tastefully when paired with lighter colors adding an air of class to both. It even complements textures like brick, stone, and stucco. Black can lend an up-to-date look without stealing the show and overpowering the architecture. Like the classic black tuxedo, it never really goes out of style. Add to that the fluidity of today’s architectural designs, allowing the unconventional mixing of bits and pieces of various architectural styles, and black windows can work on almost every style of home.

Black Window Frames Are Versatile

Black window frames will add class to any room, but depending on the look you want, black window frames can impact your space in different ways. Large black windows with thick, heavy frames are more dramatic and can become the main focus. You don’t even need window treatments with these windows. They are meant to be front and center. But smaller, thinner frames can create a lighter, airier, more elegant feel. Add some simple window treatments for a chic and modern flair. It all depends on your preference. Black frames tend to blend in better as well. They often look like a shadow line and completely disappear from view on the outside of a home. When you are inside the home looking out the window, the black frame disappears allowing you to only see the clear window.

3 Tips about Replacement Windows with Black Frames

Black window frames differ from white window frames in more than just color preference. There are three issues window buyers should be aware of when it comes to black replacement windows and they all have to do with the sun.

First, because black window frames absorb a lot of sunlight, they heat up much quicker than window frames of lighter colors. The black frames absorb a lot of heat while the glass absorbs much less. This difference in heat between the outside frame and glass creates contrast between the two surfaces and can lead to thermal performance losses and even cracking. With vinyl frames, this drastic contrast in temperature can cause structural integrity issues.

Second, with metal frames, there’s another problem to be aware of. Because metal is a great conductor of heat, black metal window frames can become very hot to the touch. Black steel and aluminum frames get so hot they can cause burns to the skin.

Third, black windows are prone to fading after years in the sunlight.

Andersen Windows Don’t Have These Performance Issues

At All-Weather, we carry Andersen windows which means you can choose black replacement windows with no worries. Andersen windows are made from a special material called Fibrex. Fibrex, which is exclusive to Andersen windows, is made up of reclaimed wood fiber and thermoplastic polymer that is fused together. It is two times stronger than vinyl, and performs better when exposed to extreme temperatures (up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit). You don’t have to worry about fading either. Andersen’s unique fabrication process blends the color with the Fibrex® material during production for color through and through, delivering long-lasting beauty. Windows from the E-Series, A-Series and 100 Series product lines come with fade warranties. These windows are virtually maintenance-free and do not require repainting. In summary, Fibrex windows from Andersen won’t fade, flake, blister or peel and also resist rotting, decay, and fungus.

Do Black Replacement Windows Cost More Than White?

Normally, you’ll find that black windows cost anywhere from 10-25% more than white windows of equal quality. That’s because black windows are very sensitive to heat, so they may need special glazing and special vinyl which can increase the price. But with Andersen windows, black is a standard color option available within the A-Series, E-Series, 400 Series, and 100 Series lines. In most cases, ordering black frames will not increase the price of your windows. However, there is an additional cost to selecting black within the 100 Series line due to the technology required.

Will Black Windows Go Out of Style?

About 90% of windows are either black or white. Both are classic options that work well with many different building styles. Because many new projects are using black windows as a standard, they can be seen as trendy. But, black windows are expected to become even more popular as time goes on. Black windows have established themselves as the premium option when it comes to newer construction. Thus, they have become dominant in an industry that is expected to grow. Although white windows remain popular, they are more commonly used in the replacement window industry on homes that were originally designed to look good with white windows. In general, white windows are more simple, reliable, and cheaper. On the other hand, black windows have an arguably more appealing look and provide value to the house. Upgrading from white windows to black replacement windows can be a great way to increase curb appeal. In the end, it’s all up to the homeowner’s particular taste.

Do Your Homework on Manufacturers

The bottom line is, when it comes to purchasing windows with black frames, make sure you go with a brand you can trust. We carry Andersen windows because they put their products through the toughest tests so when you put them in your home, they’ll perform. Andersen windows are instrumental in helping us keep our commitment to quality. A commitment that has helped us build a reputation for excellence with over 40,000 customers for over 30 years.

When you’re looking for a company you can rely on, we hope you’ll trust us to take care of your replacement window needs. Call All-Weather at (913) 648-9589 or come see our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway. At All-Weather, it’s all good under the yella umbrella.

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